Rare white Bengal tiger cubs born in Mexican zoo

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (WTHR) - A Mexican Zoo is celebrating some special new additions - two Bengal white tiger cubs, one of the world's most endangered species.

The cubs made their first public appearance at the zoo this week, a month after they were born. They had been kept in isolation since their birth.

Zoo officials say the cubs are in good health and each weigh about 5-6 pounds. Both cubs are being nursed by their mother.

The zoo will start taking name suggestions from the public in a few weeks.

Zookeepers say the births represent an important contribution to saving the animals from extinction. The cubs' parents were both rescued from circuses and moved to the zoo two years ago.

Wildlife experts say the Bengal tiger population has plummeted and there's only about 2,500 left in the world. Thousands of the big cats once roamed the forests in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, but poaching, deforestation, and over-hunting have cut down on their numbers.

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