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US state zoo notes birth of rare white lion cub

November 26, 2014

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Nebraska zoo officials say one of its lionesses has given birth to a rare white cub.

The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium says the male cub is one of three cubs born late last week, two males and one female. Zoo officials say lion cubs typically weigh about 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms) at birth and that their cubs weigh just over 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms).

They say the cubs soon will go on display with their mother and will likely open their eyes within a week or two.

Zoo officials say the inheritance of the white coloring is not fully understood and may be linked to a rare recessive gene from each parent.

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