White lion triplets were born at a private zoo in Poland, according to a Feb. 4 ABC News report. The rare set of triplets, who are getting some tender loving care from their mother are part of a rare color mutation of the Kruger subspecies of South African wildlife lions, according to Andrzej Pabich, the head of the Borysew zoo. Approximately only 90 white lions exist.
According to the Daily Mail, despite being rare and less than 100 in existence, white lions are not classified as an endangered species. However, that may soon change. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is campaigning for white lions to be recognized as a subspecies of lions, so that they gain protection under international law.
As far as the new white lion triplets, their 2 ½ -year-old mom Azira, also a white lioness, has been patiently caring for her cubs, who were born Jan. 28, Pabich told the Associated Press. Their father Sahim, also a white lion is keeping a close eye on his new family.
Usually, white lions have defects that prevent giving birth, or mothers may reject the cubs, Pabich noted. But Azira appears to be doing just fine. “Luckily the birth went all smoothly. We had doubts whether it would be all OK: won't (she) reject them, will she have milk? But all went luckily well in the end. The mother accepted (the cubs), is feeding them and is very caring.”