AuBC -- NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA
Hobart, Australia -- September 20, 2013
1. Various of cubs
2. SOUNBITE: Trevor Curtiss, Zookeeper
3. Various of Cubs
4. SOUNDBITE: Ashlie Burnett, Animal Handler
5. Various of cubs
6. SOUNBITE: Trevor Curtiss, Zookeeper
7. Various of cubs
DOES IT GET ANY CUTER THAN THIS? THESE WHITE AFRICAN LION CUBS ARE JUST FIVE-WEEKS OLD. BORN AT a ZOO IN TASMANIA. ONLY THE THIRD TIME THAT THE ENDARGED ANIMALS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY BRED in AUSTRALIA.
SOUNDBITE (English): Trevor Cuttriss, Zookeeper:
"They are only in zoos and breeding institutions around the world and there's less than 300 of them."
THE RARE LIONS ARE NOT ALBINO. THEY HAVE A RECESSIVE GENE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WHITE COATS. THEY were TAKEN FROM THEIR MOTHER TO GET USED TO BEING CARED FOR BY HUMANS.
SOUNDBITE: (English) Ashlie Burnett, lion carer:
"He doesn't like bath time very much so he gets a bit grumpy when it's bathtime. He'll grab hold of the tissues and the towels and get his little teeth out. The other one is better feeder on the milk… likes feed time a lot better."
THE CUBS WON'T STAY IN AUSTRALIA. IN ABOUT NINE MONTHS THEY'LL LIKELY MOVE.
SOUNDBITE: (English) Trevor Cuttriss, Zookeeper:
"These are part of a very special breeding programme, these will go back overseas. I'm not sure which countries they'll be going to but they'll certainly, probably be leaving the shores of Australia."
IN THE MEANTIME, AUSTRALIANS WILL GET GET TO VISIT THEM AT THE ZOO. AND THERE'S EVEN A COMPETITION TO GIVE THE CUBS NAMES.
MATT FRIEDMAN. ASSOCIATED PRESS.