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CUTE: Five rare white tigers make their debut

KERNHOF, Austria –  A litter of five rare white tigers made their debut at a zoo in Austria on Monday.

The four females and one male were all born on April 25th.

According to the zoo, it is the first time five white tiger cubs were born in a single litter in Europe.

Zoo officials say they are all healthy and doing well.

Zoo Director Herbert Eder said, “We are very, very proud and very happy, because they are totally normal, there is nothing wrong (with them).”

The cubs’ mother, Burani, was brought to the zoo from Germany three years ago and this is her third litter.

Eder said, “First time we had three cubs, then two years ago we had four cubs, and now we have five, big five stars, lovely five stars!”

The father, Samir, has fathered 14 cubs.

The five cubs are named Lali, Lela, Lila, Lulu and Obama.

Eder says the cubs will stay with their mother.

Eder said, “They are not hand-tamed, and not together with people, they are together with their mother, and this is the reason why we don’t give these cubs to any shows, as we had (used to do) 50 years ago. That time is over.”

According to NBC News, the white tiger’s unique color means they are targeted by poachers and nearly extinct in the wild.