If you’re looking to invest in an exotic pet, but can’t be bothered with run-of-the-mill monkeys, chimps, and reptiles, you may find yourself in the market for a pet lion. White lion cubs are some of the rarest and most expensive pets in the world, and are sure to impress (and perhaps terrify) even the most luxury-jaded of your friends.
These adorable balls of fluff run about $140,000 as cubs. They aren’t your everyday lion, and they aren’t albino, either. Their condition is known as leucism, and their color ranges from pure snow white to blonde to even red, but their eyes retain the prized golden-green of other cats.
These beautiful cats, which are native to Africa have a hard time in the wild, because they are so easy for predators to spot. It is partially for this reason, and partly because of poaching that white lions like these are extinct in the wild and currently live only in captivity.
If you are considering this type of luxury pet, you’re going to have to invest in more than a simple kennel. Adult lions get as big as 550 pounds, and need an enormous amount of space. They eat only mammals, and prefer live prey, so you might want to keep a flock of sheep handy for snacks. They are also notoriously stubborn to domestication and you can just forget about trying to catch your pet lion if she gets out of the yard, as they run at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.