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Rare white lion triplets born in Poland

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    White lioness Azira lies in their cage with two of her three white cubs. (AP)

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    White lioness Azira lies in their cage with her three white cubs that were born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often have defects the prevent giving birth, or the mother rejects her cubs, but two and a half-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, as three and a half-year-old Sahim, who fathered them, watches from a neighboring cage. (AP)

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    White lioness Azira stands in their cage with her three white cubs. (AP)

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    White lioness Azira feeds two of her three white cubs. (AP)

A private zoo owner in central Poland feels three times lucky with the birth of white lion triplets who are getting loving care from their mother.

Andrzej Pabich, head of the zoo in Borysew, said white lions often have defects that prevent giving birth, or mothers may reject the cubs. Triplets are rare.

Pabich told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 2 ½ -year old white lioness Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for the cubs that were born Jan. 28. Their father, 3 ½-year old Sahim, who is also white, is kept in a neighboring cage.

The cubs will be allowed into an outdoor run in April.

Opened in 2008, the zoo has animals of 80 species including white tigers and white camels.