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White tiger cubs born in Japan zoo

Thursday, Apr 04, 2013 - 00:45

April 4 - A litter of ultra-rare white tiger cubs is born at a zoo on the outskirts of Tokyo. Tara Cleary reports.

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These four very rare white tiger cubs are a first for Japan's Tobu Zoo. With fewer than 200 of the species left in the wild, the zoo is eager to show off the cubs to the public. But for the time being visitors can watch them on the zoo's tiger-cam, says breeding attendant Hiroki Itakura. SOUNDBITE: Hiroki Itakura, Tobu Zoo breeding attendant, saying (Japanese): "It's the first time white tigers have been born at the Tobu Zoo so we are really looking forward to introducing them to everyone when they are ready for public viewing." And it's not just the public that can't get too close - five-year-old male Rocky who sired the cubs is also being kept away until his offspring are weaned.

White tiger cubs born in Japan zoo

Thursday, Apr 04, 2013 - 00:45

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