posted on Sept. 22, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Four rare white lions and three white tigers have been born at a private zoo in Poland within the past week, officials announced Thursday.
Three rare newborn white tigers with their mother Mandzi are photographed just hours after they were born at the private Zoo Safari in Borysew, Poland. Czarek Sokolowski / AP
White cats are not albino, instead, they are the result of both parents having a rare recessive gene, which means in almost all cases, inbreeding is involved.
Three rare, four-day-old white baby lions with their mother, Azira, at the Zoo Safari in Borysew. Czarek Sokolowski / AP
Critics say zoos breed the white cats to generate public interest, and with it, profits. There are only an estimated few hundred white lions in the world, according to the Associated Press.
The fourth cub born on Sept. 18, 2016, to five-year-old Azira cannot be seen in the photo. Czarek Sokolowski / AP
Assume your rarified place, white lions.
Czarek Sokolowski / AP