Jungle Island announces birth of rare tiger-lion hybrid

03/21/2014 3:41 PM

03/21/2014 9:50 PM

Jungle Island park celebrated the birth of two tigers — a hybrid of a royal white Bengal tiger and an African white lion — earlier this week, park authorities announced Friday.

The cubs — a male and female — are brown-striped and cream in color and will be presented to the public “as soon as the [they] are given a clean bill of health,” Dr. Jason Chatfield, vice president of zoological operations, said in a statement. He stressed that the next few weeks will be crucial to their survival.

“Currently, our dedicated team of animal specialists are nursing them around the clock to ensure they receive proper sustenance and nutrients,” Chatfield said.

Jungle Island, located between downtown and South Beach, is the only park in South Florida to offer visitors an opportunity to see the rare breed.

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