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Siegfried & Roy welcome 3 snow-white lion cubs


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Magicians Siegfried & Roy are welcoming three new snowy white lion cubs to their Secret Garden habitat on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 14-week-old felines were born near Johannesburg, South Africa, and brought to the Mirage casino three weeks ago. They will be available for public viewing starting on Friday.

The cubs are named Freedom, Madiba and Timba-Masai, and have rare white coats after inheriting their parents' recessive genes. They are expected to weigh 500 pounds each when they reach their full size in two to four years.

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn discontinued their magic stage show after a white tiger named Mantecore attacked Horn during a 2003 performance.

But they continue maintaining the Secret Garden zoo, which features white tigers and white lions.

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mkraven77 July 18 2014 at 6:54 AM

These animals belong in the wild why don't we cage up Siegfried and Roy

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runswthscisors40 July 18 2014 at 9:38 AM

For all you bleeding hearts......the mortality rate for lion cubs is 80%......only 20% of lion cubs ever reach maturity......it's even lower for white lion cubs......trust me, they're much safer in the zoo.........

http://www.whitelionjourneys.com/about.html

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rmg237 July 18 2014 at 6:57 AM

a bad idea to breed these kind of lions, they should know better, doing it for themselve, not the animals

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erinjanespca rmg237 July 18 2014 at 9:28 AM

Where does it say they bred them? All it says is they came from South Africa

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coffeetime9 rmg237 July 18 2014 at 10:32 AM

If you read the article you would know that the Magicians did not breed them, they came from South Africa. While I would rather see them in their own enviormet, they will live longer in the show. No preditors!

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goodgrief61945 coffeetime9 July 18 2014 at 1:06 PM

They aren't in a show. It was canceled years ago.

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InsaneTiger July 18 2014 at 2:44 PM

I am appalled at the ignorance of so many people commenting. These gorgeous cubs will NOT be safe in the wild. They will constantly be in danger of being brutally slaughtered by hunters for their coats, and even a high possibility of being rejected their own kind. Their coats lack camouflage, which makes them an obvious target for larger predators until they are fully grown. As someone who has actually been to South Africa, I can tell you first hand how bad the poaching problem is. Even in sanctuaries like Kruger National Park, hunters are still finding ways to subvert protection efforts and killing animals. These cubs might as well have a huge red target on their backs. These cubs are going to have a great, happy life with Siegfried and Roy. They are going to be loved, spoiled, treated with nothing but kindness, and have a beautiful habitat to roam around in. In the wild, they don't stand a chance.

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alohalise InsaneTiger July 18 2014 at 7:08 PM

poster under a a phony name by Roy

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ahhentllc InsaneTiger July 19 2014 at 3:19 PM

Brilliant.... thank you.

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onionson July 18 2014 at 6:32 AM

They named a caged lion Freedom? What's that you say Freedom? You want them to bring back stage shows? I'll drop a note in their suggestion box for you.

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wparschau July 18 2014 at 9:09 AM

Why is it the certain people can not live and let live ? Nobody can take care of those Newborn Lion Cubs, other then Siegfried and Roy. Those little Guys can not have a better Place to grow up.Shame on the people who put there Noses into everything.Better look out that your Children do not grow up like
Vigilants !

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Bodacious Beauty July 18 2014 at 1:05 PM

How can a tiger be named for something it doesn't have-Freedom????

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kitcumbie July 18 2014 at 8:05 AM

Siegfried and Roy are the ones that should be kept in cages. This is a barbaric practice.

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Bodacious Beauty July 18 2014 at 1:11 PM

Look at the damage to Roys face from the last tiger episode....tsk, tsk.

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dawnmuse79 Bodacious Beauty July 18 2014 at 2:52 PM

Sigfried and Roy don't give a rat's butt about your opinions .....

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Bodacious Beauty July 18 2014 at 1:07 PM

Roy has not yet learned that a tiger is a tiger. Was your chewed up skull not a clue?????

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