A private zoo owner in
central Poland feels three times lucky with the birth of white lion triplets
who are getting loving care from their mother.
Andrzej Pabich, head of the
zoo in Borysew, said white lions often have defects that prevent giving birth,
or mothers may reject the cubs. Triplets are rare.
Pabich told The Associated
Press on Tuesday that the 2 ½ -year old white lioness Azira has been patiently
feeding and caring for the cubs that were born. Their father, 3 ½-year old
Sahim, who is also white, is kept in a neighbouring cage.
The cubs will be allowed
into an outdoor run in April.
Opened in 2008, the zoo has
animals of 80 species including white tigers and white camels.
Almost half of Africa's lions facing extinction
The deadliest killer of all