White lion cubs born in Polish zoo

A private zoo in Poland is now home to three week-old white lion cubs. The zoo's owner, Andrzej Pabich, says the cubs will often be rejected by the mother, or born with birth defects, but Akira, the white lioness who gave birth to them, seems to be keeping them healthy and happy so far. There are believed to be less than 50 white lions in the entire world. [10 photos total]

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White lioness Azira lies in their cage with two of her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) #
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White lioness Azira lies in their cage with her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) #
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Newborn white lion cubs, which were born between January 28 and 29, lie in a private zoo in Borysew near Lodz, central Poland February 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) #
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Sahim, a white lion and the father of three newborn cubs which were born between January 28 and 29, looks on in a private zoo in Borysew near Lodz, central Poland February 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) #
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White lioness Azira stands in their cage with her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) #
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White lioness Azira cleans one of her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) #
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White lioness Azira lies in their cage with two of her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) #
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Azira, a white lioness, defends her three newborn lion cubs which were born between January 28 and 29, at a private zoo in Borysew near Lodz, central Poland February 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) #
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White lioness Azira stands next to her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) #
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White lioness Azira feeds two of her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) #

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