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Video shows white tiger cubs play in Taiyuan Zoo’s nursery

This could be the cutest nursery you’ve seen.

A zoo in China has set up a special kindergarten to look after a group of adorable and extremely rare baby White Bengal Tigers.

All of the cubs were born this year and they are assigned to different ‘classes’ depending on how old they are.

A heart-melting video released by CGTN shows the baby Bengal Tigers, all artificially reproduced, frolicking with each other and their keepers on November 10.

WHY ARE THEY RARE? 

White Bengal Tigers have always been extremely rare in the wild. 

They are Bengal Tigers, but are white because of a genetic anomaly.

A baby White Bengal Tiger can only be born when both of its parents carry the rare gene, which turns up naturally about once per 10,000 births.

The newly formed nursery is located inside the Taiyuan Zoo in northern China’s Shanxi Province.

According to China Central Television Station, the number of newborn white tiger cubs has soared in Taiyuan Zoo this year.

In addition, many of the tiger mothers don’t have parenting experience.

Therefore, the management decided to set up a special team to raise the cubs in one designated area.

Besides Taiyuan Zoo,  Xinpu Park in China's Lianyungang city has also welcomed white cubs

Besides Taiyuan Zoo, Xinpu Park in China’s Lianyungang city has also welcomed white cubs

The newborn White Bengal Tiger quadruplets at Xinpu Park met the public on November 8

The newborn White Bengal Tiger quadruplets at Xinpu Park met the public on November 8

A keeper at the zoo told the reporter that nursing a white tiger cub requires time and energy. A newborn cub needs to be fed as many as eight times a day in the first two weeks after it’s born.

The majority of the cubs in the zoo measure 70 to 80 centimetres (27 to 31 inches) in length and around 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in weight. 

They would be ready to meet the public soon, said the keeper.

Bengal white tiger Meng Meng gave birth to the quadruplets in August in the Lianyungang zoo

Bengal white tiger Meng Meng gave birth to the quadruplets in August in the Lianyungang zoo

A white cub appears naturally  once per 10,000 births among the Bengal Tiger population

A white cub appears naturally once per 10,000 births among the Bengal Tiger population

White Bengal Tigers have always been extremely rare in the wild. They are Bengal Tigers, but are white because of a genetic anomaly.

A baby White Bengal Tiger can only be born when both of its parents carry the rare gene, which turns up naturally about once per 10,000 births, according to Animal Corner.

Their striking colour has made them popular with zoos and circuses.  

Two other Chinese zoos, Lianyungang’s Xinpu Park and Jinan Wildlife Park, have both reported births of White Bengal Tiger cubs this year.

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