So, I came across this amazing lion through an internet search, and learned that it has a rare condition called melanism.
Melanism is a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black. Kind of sweet, right? A unique beauty that should be appreciated. (Much like Kent State’s own black squirrels – scroll down for more about our furry campus friends!)
Here are a few more animals with this rare trait:
And, here you go… our very own black squirrel!
Yep, that’s right, our black squirrels are melanistic and that is why their fur is so dark. So if someone asks, tell ‘em who taught ya!
And while you’re at it, explain all the benefits of supporting or joining FLASHanthropy and paying it forward here at Kent State!