Germany's Magdeburg zoo presents four rare white lion cubs

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 06, 2017 11:08 AM

MAGDEBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Four rare white lion cubs born at Germany's Magdeburg zoo last Christmas made their first appearance to the outside world on Monday as the park presented the young animals to the media.

Keepers weighed the three males and one female and carried out health checks on the cats, which are rare in the wild.

Three of the cubs now weigh more than 6 kg (13 lb) each, with one at just over 8 kg, the zoo said in a statement.

According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust, the animals are not albinos but "a genetic rarity" of the Greater Timbavati area in South Africa's Krueger National Park.

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Alison Williams)