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Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets



BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers - Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.

The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is nearly pure white.

Zoo veterinarian Guillermo Weimeyer says they were born three months ago following a labor that lasted more than four hours, and will keep breastfeeding until they reach five months old, even though they are already eating a kilo of meat a day.

This is the second set of cubs for the mother, Cleo, and father, Rhiano. Their first brood was taken to other zoos, and these cubs will likely leave as well.

A naming contest among children who visit the zoo has already begun.

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jnjsec April 16 2014 at 1:58 PM

Absolutely adorable!

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mickey jnjsec April 16 2014 at 2:23 PM

After the earth is cleared of all things that make for sadness. We will be able to cuddle these lovely creations of our loving God. They are only dangerous because of the cruel treatment of mankind. ...... (Isaiah 11:6-9)   6 The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb, And with the young goat the leopard will lie down, And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together; And a little boy will lead them.  7 The cow and the bear will feed together, And their young will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the bull.  8 The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra, And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake.  9 They will not cause any harm Or any ruin in all my holy mountain, Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah As the waters cover the sea.

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jay king mickey April 16 2014 at 3:02 PM

nice..

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Cletus April 16 2014 at 8:02 PM

I LOVE TO SEE WHITE TRIGERS THESE ARE SO CUTE ,WHISH THEM GOOD HEALTH

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lisar3876 April 16 2014 at 6:45 PM

Absolutely adorable. Thankyou for a nice happy story!

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Barbara April 16 2014 at 6:35 PM

Too cute. So nice to see after a long day at the office, to melt into softness...

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grosseytoo April 16 2014 at 3:42 PM

Overbreeding to make money,let's name the cubs, then ship them out. White tigers are not a breed, they are an abnormality. These cubs will most probably have crossed eyes , kidney , leg, and other problems, all because the zoo keeps breeding their parents with the recessive gene that produces white tigers. I hope life is kind to these cubs. The people that run this zoo should be ashamed of themselves.

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Judy Ogburn April 16 2014 at 3:45 PM

Beautiful cubs. Check out the mom in the background. WOW
Mom

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Jack & Valerie April 16 2014 at 6:16 PM

Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!

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wdezenski April 16 2014 at 3:52 PM

Genetically altered white tigers for profit is what we have here. This occurs from inbreeding of tigers to get the recessive gene. For every perfect white tiger born dozens are born with horrible genetic defects and often die shortly after birth. But you won't hear about those tigers. Why? Because the public demands "white" tigers & will pay money to see them, hold them & take pictures with them. When we educate ourselves and only when we demand that these animals not be exploited for profit will it stop. Let's focus on conservation of the limited tigers in the wild (less than 3000) otherwise there will be no tigers left for our grandkids kids.

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halloqueen2 wdezenski April 16 2014 at 4:02 PM

You are absolutely right. Given the status of tigers in the wild, zoos all over the world should be focusing on breeding healthy genetic stock to keep these beautiful animals from going extinct. White Tigers aren't healthy genetic stock. Yes, they are cute, but the survival of the species is more important.

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teri April 16 2014 at 3:55 PM

White tigers are rare & regular tigers are becoming extinct no matter how they were concieved they are beautiful & we should thank God they've come to us .

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wdezenski teri April 16 2014 at 4:19 PM

So Teri, you are ok with the inbreeding? Sons to mothers, sisters to brothers, fathers to daughters? ALL white tigers are inbred & have all sorts of genetic abnormalities. They are all crossed-eyed for example, all of them! To have 1 white tiger while dozens die from genetic problems...and you don't care how they were conceived. As long as you can look at a pretty white tiger then let's keep creating them for your entertainment! SMH! I urge you to to a little research on the subject and maybe you'll have a change of heart. (I was unaware of how they were "created" up until about 5 years ago, but now I know better and want it to stop) Please look up specifically Kenny the White Tiger. (and I hope you don't see this as me bashing you, would just like you to educate yourself on the reality of the White Tigers. TY

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Millie April 16 2014 at 3:59 PM

So beautiful ! Shame that they have to be genetic reproduced due to near extinction thanks to mankind. All the same whatever they do with them I hope the Copenhagen zoo never gets their hands on any of them.

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