May 27 - A litter of rare white tiger cubs is shown off to the public for the first time at their home in Austria’s Kernhof Zoo. Tara Cleary reports.
Lali, Lela, Lila, Lulu and Obama - the latest arrivals at Kernhof Zoo in Austria. The rare white tiger cubs are one month old and the zoo's director, Herbert Eder, says they're in excellent health. SOUNDBITE: Herbert Eder, Kernhof Zoo director, saying (English): "We are very, very proud and very happy, because they are totally normal, there is nothing wrong (with them)." The four females and one male are mother, Burani's third litter since arriving at the zoo in 2011. SOUNDBITE: Herbert Eder, Kernhof Zoo director, saying (English): "First time we had three cubs, then two years ago we had four cubs, and now we have five, big five stars." The white tiger is neither albino nor a separate subspecies. But their unique coloring makes them targets for poachers, so they're almost extinct in the wild. And Eder says zoo staff is trying to keep the cats' rearing as natural as possible. SOUNDBITE: Herbert Eder, Kernhof Zoo director, saying (English): "They are not hand-tamed, and not together with people, they are together with their mother." The zoo says this is the first known case of five white tiger cubs born in a single litter in Europe - so thoroughly deserving of their five-star status.