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Tipping the scales: White lion cubs bulking up in Germany

Four rare African white lion cubs sit in their enclosure at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keepers weighed the three males and ...
One of the four rare white lion cubs, the female baby, walks besides the zookeepers shoe, at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Kee...
Four rare African white lion cubs sit in their enclosure at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keepers weighed the three males and ...
A zookeeper holds one of the four rare white lion cubs, the female baby, at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keepers weighed the ...
Zookeeper Susann Paelecke holds one of the four rare white lion cubs, the female baby, at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keeper...

Four rare African white lion cubs sit in their enclosure at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keepers weighed the three males and ...

One of the four rare white lion cubs, the female baby, walks besides the zookeepers shoe, at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Kee...

Four rare African white lion cubs sit in their enclosure at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keepers weighed the three males and ...

A zookeeper holds one of the four rare white lion cubs, the female baby, at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keepers weighed the ...

Zookeeper Susann Paelecke holds one of the four rare white lion cubs, the female baby, at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Keeper...

BERLIN (AP) — They're still tiny, but the white lion cubs at the Magdeburg zoo in eastern Germany are putting on weight fast.

The cubs — three males and one female — took turns on the scales Friday. News agency dpa reported that the male cubs weighed in at an average 6.5 kilos (14.3 pounds) each, while their sister was a kilo lighter.

The cubs weighed only 1.5 kilos (3.3 pounds) each when they were born on July 5.

Zoo visitors were able to watch through a window as the feisty felines were weighed one by one, showing their teeth and claws.

Zoo curator Konstantin Ruske said: "We are very satisfied with the animals' development."


Updated : 2021-05-14 10:06 GMT+08:00