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Rare White Lion Quadruplets Born At Chinese Zoo Will Meet The Public This Weekend

Rare White Lion Quadruplets Born At Chinese Zoo Will Meet The Public This Weekend

Four rare white lion cubs born at a zoo in China will be meeting members of the public for the first time ever this weekend.

The extremely rare quadruplets, all males, are living at the Nantong Forest Wildlife Zoo in Nantong, located in China's Jiangsu province. And they are so adorable.

The little cubs were reportedly born back in November (Credit: Shutterstock)
The little cubs were reportedly born back in November (Credit: Shutterstock)

The little cubs were born back in November - and they're thought to be meeting members of the public for the very first time in a matter of days.

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In photos, staff can be seen cuddling the animals - who are busy playing and being fed by members of the team.

The lions, which are native to South Africa, are extremely rare, with less than 13 left in the wild today and just hundreds in captivity, according to the Global White Lion Protection Trust.

The lions, which are native to South Africa, are extremely rare, with less than 13 left in the wild today (Credit: Shutterstock)
The lions, which are native to South Africa, are extremely rare, with less than 13 left in the wild today (Credit: Shutterstock)

Their beautiful white coloured fur is the result of a recessive mutation - said not to disadvantage their survival.

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Earlier this week, the cubs were even bathed for the first time in preparation for their big day. And they enjoyed a big bowl of meat mash as they played with each other.

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It's not the first time the zoo has welcomed white lions - with three females and one male cub arriving back in May.

They're thought to be meeting members of the public for the very first time this weekend (Credit: Shutterstock)
They're thought to be meeting members of the public for the very first time this weekend (Credit: Shutterstock)

In other animal news, a bill has been passed in the US that prevents the ownership of big cats, following Netflix's mega popular series, Tiger King.

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Formerly known as the Big Cat Safety Act, the bill was passed in the House of Representatives by a a 272-114 vote yesterday, making it illegal for someone to breed or own big cats without an animal exhibition license.

Tweeting about the news, the bill's sponsor, Mike Quigley of Illinois wrote: "The House just passed the #BigCatPublicSafetyAct! Thank you to everyone who spoke up over recent months in support of my bill.

"I hope @senatemajldr will quickly bring it to the floor so we can get it signed into law before the year ends.

"... Big cats like lions and tigers don't belong in apartments, backyards, or roadside zoos."

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