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Rare White Tiger Triplets Born in Argentina Zoo - 2002-07-19

Argentina's Buenos Aires Zoo is celebrating the birth of three rare white Bengal tiger cubs expected to become the park's main attraction.

The cubs: two females and one male, made their debut on Thursday in one of the zoo's gardens where they romped in the grass before returning to their mother's side.

Zoo officials say the tiger trio was born on June 10 and all are healthy. Officials plan to hold a contest among schoolchildren to name the cubs.

There are only about 200 white Bengal tigers remaining in the world. Most live protected in zoos.

The huge carnivorous cats with their white fur with black stripes and blue eyes are native to Asia where they have been hunted nearly to extinction.