Rare white tiger quadruplets go on display at zoo in China

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 5:51pm
UPDATED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 6:00pm

Rare white tiger quadruplets have made their first public appearance at a zoo in eastern China, state media reported.

The four cubs were born at the zoo in Lianyungang in Jiangsu province in August, but had been kept away from the public eye as they grew stronger, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

They were shown off to the public on Thursday, resulting in a surge in visitors to the zoo.

White tigers are born when two Bengal tigers who carry a recessive gene controlling the colour of their coat are bred together.

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The quadruplets’ parents are both white tigers, as are their older twin siblings.

There are only about 200 white tigers left in the world, according to the Indian Tiger Welfare Society.

Almost all white tigers are bred in captivity.