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Juarez zoo introduces white tiger cubs to public

San Jorge Zoo, in Juarez, Mexico, is celebrating the birth of two Bengal white tiger cubs -- one of the world's most endangered species-- as they make their first public appearance.

Zookeepers said the birth of the tigers represented an important contribution to saving the animals from extinction.

The cubs' parents, mother Sascha and father Jazim, who were both rescued from circuses, live at the San Jorge Zoo.

Sascha and Jazim moved into the zoo two years ago.

The whelps, who were born a month ago, are in good health and now weigh between 4.4 and 6.6 pounds each.

They are currently both being nursed by their mother, who weighs about 440 pounds and feeds solely on meat, according to zoo officials.

Both cubs are already on exhibition, unless it rains and turns cold. In that case, they will be protected. Up until now, they had been kept in isolation.

In a few weeks, children will be allowed to send via email their suggestions for names for the cubs.

White tigers are a genetic variation of the better-known orange Bengal tigers.

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