Two male white Bengal tigers born in Michigan City

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. - On Monday, NewsCenter 16 got a sneak peek at two new male white tiger cubs at Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City.

The cubs are only 12 days old.

They both weigh about three pounds, but will grow to be 600 pounds.

The cubs only opened their eyes on Friday, and are just now learning how to walk.

Their parents are white Bengal tigers that were both raised at the zoo the past four years.

The zoo says they are not albinos. White tiger cubs are produced when the recessive gene for the color white is inherited from both parents.

They have bright blue eyes and are referred to as sports.

By nature, male tigers will try to attack their own offspring. Therefore, these cubs will never be kept in captivity with their own father.

The cubs will not be on display for at least four months.

However, there will be a video feed set up at the zoo, outside of the den for folks to see the cubs grow.

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