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White Tigress gives birth to two cubs in Gandhi Zoological Park in Gwalior 05 December, 2011


Rare milky white tiger mother shows off her two little bundles of joy
This proud mother is feeling all-white after giving birth to two super-cute tiger cubs.
The furry felines were born at a zoo in India a month ago and seen by the public for the first time yesterday.
Their mother is a rare white tigress named Yamuna living in captivity at the Gandhi Zoological Park in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
At a ceremony held in the tiger enclosure in front of the cameras her two cubs were given the names Luv and Kush.
White tigers are almost extinct and most of those that survive are in captivity. In the past century only 12 have been spotted in the wild.
They are neither an albino nor a separate subspecies. Instead, they are a genetic hiccup, which happens naturally once in every 10,000 Bengal tiger births.
The result is a tiger with white fur, black stripes, blue eyes and a pink nose.
Bengal tigers are fully grown at two to three years of age and live for up to 15 years in the wild. Males weigh 200-230 kilograms and are up to three metres in length.
The females are 130-70 kilograms and up to 2.5 metres long.
Yamuna with her 30-day-old cubs Luv and Kush at Gandhi Zoological Park in Gwalior.
Yamuna gave birth to the two cubs a month ago and they were brought out for the first time in the enclosure for public viewing yesterday
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Last updated at 1:59 AM on 5th December 2011


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