Photo: Bengal tiger triplets at BA zoo (Daniel Davobe/ Telam)
The Buenos Aires Zoo has put its white Bengal tiger triplets, who were born three months ago, on display, officials at the Argentine wildlife park said.
“The cubs, two females and a male, weighed around one kilo (2.2 pounds) at birth after being born normally following a gestation period of 105 days,” zoo veterinarian Miguel Perez told Efe.
The three cubs inherited the black stripes on white coats of parents “Cleo” and “Rhiano,” the zoo’s youngest pair of tigers.
“There are practically no white tigers in the wild. Most of them currently live in nature reserves or at zoos,” Perez said.
White tigers’ coats make them easy prey for poachers in the tropical and sub-tropical jungles of Asia, the veterinarian said.
White Bengal tigers are not a different species and get their color from “a recessive gene in their genome that gives them the white color characteristic,” Perez said.
Children visiting the zoo are competing in a contest to name the cubs, Buenos Aires Zoo communications director Ana Maria Pirra said.