Dusit Zoo to introduce two rare white tiger cubs

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Dusit Zoo to introduce two rare white tiger cubs

BANGKOK, Aug 7 (TNA) – Thailand’s Dusit Zoo in Bangkok will unveil two new members of its quite diverse community — two rare white tiger cubs — to the public next Tuesday to mark national mother’s day on August 12, the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

Zoological Park Organization director-general Chaichana Satrulee said the newest members of the Dusit Zoo were one-month-old male and female white tiger cubs. A female white tiger named Erika and a male white tiger named Khan were the parents of the cubs.

The couple proved their parenting prowess earlier by producing four previous littres of white tigers.

Mr. Chaichana said the zoo will invite children aged 15 or younger to enter a competition to name the new arrivals.

White tigers have a genetic condition that almost eliminates pigment in tiger’s normally orange fur, although they retain dark stripes.

Currently, several hundred white tigers are in captivity worldwide with about one hundred of them in India, and their numbers are on the rise.

The unusual colouration of white tigers has made them popular in zoos and entertainment that showcases exotic animals. (TNA)

General News : Last Update : 19:13:13 7 August 2008 (GMT+7:00)

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