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Five rare white tiger cubs born in Austria

A zoo in Austria has become the first in Europe where five rare white tigers have been born in a single litter.

The five baby Bengal tigers were born in April at White Zoo in Kernhof but have hit the headlines this week after they were shown to the public for the first time.

The cubs have been given the names Lali, Lela, Lila, Lulu and, for the only male in the litter, Obama. According to the zoo director Herbert Eder who has been monitoring them they are all healthy.

The cubs are the third litter from mum Burani, who was brought to the zoo from Germany.

"First we had three cubs, then two years ago we had four cubs, and now we have five," said Eder. "We are very, very proud and very happy, because they are totally normal, there is nothing wrong."

"They are not hand-tamed, and not together with people, they are together with their mother, and this is the reason we don't give these cubs to any shows, as we had 50 years ago. That time is over."

In the wild, white tigers are extremely rare and have been nearly poached to extinction. They originate from India and Bangladesh but several hundred have been bred in zoos around the world.

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