A major zoo in India's Tamil Nadu showcased its newly born white tiger cubs. They became an instant attraction for hundreds of visitors.
Newly born white tiger cubs made their debut at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Tamil Nadu. Hundreds of visitors came to catch a glimpse of the rare cubs.
[V. Irulandi, Acting Director, Arignar Anna Zoological Park]: (English)
"In our zoological park, we have two adults (white tigers), Bhismar and Anu. They have given birth to three cubs this month. Both the mother and her cubs are very hale and hearty. Just to see these tiger cubs, more visitors are coming to the zoo."
The three cubs, out of which two are female and the third a male, lay around all day long.
[Giridhar, Visitor]: (gender male, English/Hindi) please narrate entirely
"We are very happy to see the white tigers as they are rare to find. White tigers are not available in other zoos and it is very rare opportunity for the visitors to get information on them. We are thoroughly enjoying our visit, and I am sure that more people would be coming to see the cubs."
The cubs have brought the total number of white tigers in the zoo to seven.
Activists say the population of white tigers has been on the decline in recent years, due to excessive poaching and neglect.
Most of the white tigers are born through captive breeding.
Only a few zoos in India have white tigers.