Four new cubs in family

FOUR new white lion cubs have been born at ZooDoo wildlife park at Richmond in the state's South, giving lucky zoo-goers yesterday a sneak preview.

The healthy cubs are now the second litter born to four-year-old parents Kiara and male Bakari and the second litter of white lions to be born in Tasmania.

ZooDoo owner Trevor Cuttriss said the cubs were 12 days old and had been gaining weight.

ZooDoo staff will now hand raise the cubs.

``All four cubs were left with mum for their first 11 days of life in order to ensure that they have the best possible start to life,'' he said.

Mr Cuttriss said removing the cubs and hand raising them would allow a bond to be formed with their keepers.

``Hand raising these four lion cubs means that the cubs will not fear humans, nor will they be stressed in their captive environment.''

Tracy Voss was lucky enough to be at ZooDoo yesterday and was first to see the cubs.

``It was just one of those wonderful moments,'' she said.

White lions are extinct in the wild and there are just over 300 left in captivity in the world.

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