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Argentine zoo shows off adorable white tiger cubs

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 01:17

Apr. 17 - Three-month old white Bengal tiger triplets make their public debut at Buenos Aires Zoo . Elly Park reports.

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Meet not one, not two, but three latest feline additions to the Buenos Aires Zoo. The unnamed triplets are rare white tiger cubs, making their first public appearance since their mother Cleo gave birth in January. Chief veterinarian at the zoo, Guillermo Wiemeyer, plays human dad to the two females and one male. SOUNDBITE: Veterinary Chief At The Buenos Aires Zoo Guillermo Wiemeyer, saying (Spanish) "They are white Bengal tigers that today are three months old because they were born on January 16. We had the opportunity to follow the gestation and also the birth with cameras, beyond just the daily checks that we carry out and this was really gratifying to see the birth of each one and to see how the mother helped each one of them, cleaning them, cleaning away the remains of the placenta and feeding them." White tigers are a genetic variation of the better-known orange tigers, their white fur caused by the lack of red and yellow pigments. Poaching and deforestation makes these exceptional creatures an extra rare sight in the wild. And breeding programs such as the one here at Buenos Aires Zoo play an important role in saving these majestic animals from extinction.

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Argentine zoo shows off adorable white tiger cubs

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 01:17