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White Lion Cubs Born in Germany Up Rare Number by 4

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Four white lion cubs and their mother 'Princess' are pictured at Circus Krone in Magdeburg, Germany. (Jens Wolf/EPA/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 22 Aug 2014 11:48 AM

Four rare white lion cubs have been born to a circus in Germany.

A spokeswoman for Circus Krone says the three males and their sister were born Wednesday in the eastern city of Magdeburg and are doing well, reported The Associated Press.

Susanne Matzenau said Friday that the cubs' father, King Tonga, now has 16 children from two mothers.

Matzenau says the cubs will stay with their mother for three months before starting circus training.

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The circus is considering names, with 'Otto' among the most popular.

White lions have a genetic mutation that gives them very light fur, but they are not albinos. They were extinct in the wild for 12 years, but were reintroduced in South Africa in 2004, according to the Global White Lion Protection Trust. Still, most are held in captivity.

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