Sunday, January 9, 2011

White Lioness Bears 3 Cubs in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Zookeepers in Buenos Aires showed off triplets Wednesday three white cubs born to a pair of white lions brought in from South Africa.

Zoo bureaucrats say the two females and a male were born Nov. 16 and are the first white lions to be born in South America. Children who visit the zoo this Argentine summer can take part in a challenge to name them.

"We're very swollen with pride. There aren't many white lions born in zoos," veterinarian Miguel Rivolta told AP Television News.

Since both parents are white, their cubs each have the recessive genes that make them pure white, he explained.

Zoo visitors loved their debut on Wednesday. The cubs' mother, not so much. She growled at the crowd and carried one of the cubs off in her mouth.