Three white lion (Panthera leo krugeri) cubs were born in Nyíregyháza Zoo, the head of the Educational Department, Zsuzsa Révész Petró announced. The cubs were approximately one and a half kilograms at birth each, all still feeding on breast milk and growing nicely.
Binti, the seven-year-old mother from the Czech Republic and her seven-year-old partner, Inkosi, who previously lived in a Dutch zoo, have been forming a partnership in the Nyíregyháza Zoo since 2015. Their babies can already be seen by the luckiest visitors, sometimes they venture out into the outer catwalk.
The four-week-old female cubs were first examined by zoo doctors on Monday.
A white lion cub gets vaccinated in Nyíegyháza. (Photo: Attila Balázs/MTI)
The doctors have weighed them and given them an anthelmintic and a vaccine. The smallest cub weighed four kgs and the largest was over five kilograms.
Petró noted that the population of white lions living in zoos and preserves is less than five hundred, so it is important that these animals with special colors are raised in closed conditions.
Veterinarian Gabriella Bóka with the four-week-old white lion cubs. (Photo: Attila Balázs/MTI)
White lions have been born several times in the Nyíregyháza Zoo. Altogether, six lions live in the park. Name ideas for the cubs are welcomed on the park’s page.
Featured photo illustration by Attila Balázs/MTI