White lions find refuge in Wylie

WYLIE, Texas (AP) - Three white lions malnourished to the point that they have difficulty eating have been brought to a big cat sanctuary in Wylie.

Veterinarians are tying to determine how ill the lions are. They were brought to In-Sync Exotics in Wylie on Friday after being seized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from a Texas wildlife exhibitor.

Vicky Keahey, who runs the sanctuary, tells The Dallas Morning News, "I'd call this probably the worst I've gotten."

The lions - Jazz, Shazam and Sheila - have pressure sores from lying in one place.

The white lions have unusually light fur but are not albinos. Their color results from a rare genetic mutation.

The lions join 42 other exotic cats at the sanctuary.

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