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Ukrainian zoo prides itself on new white lion cubs

  • New-born white lion cubs, part of a litter of five cubs in a private zoo in the village of Demydiv 50 kilometres west of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Most white lions live in captivity as the rare colour mutation is widely believed to make it difficult for white lions to survive in the wild.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    New-born white lion cubs, part of a litter of five cubs in a private zoo in the village of Demydiv 50 kilometres west of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Most white lions live in captivity as the rare colour mutation is widely believed to make it difficult for white lions to survive in the wild.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Five new-born white lion cubs play together in a private zoo in the village of Demydiv 50 kilometres west of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.  Most white lions live in captivity as the rare colour mutation is widely believed to make it difficult for white lions to survive in the wild. ((AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Five new-born white lion cubs play together in a private zoo in the village of Demydiv 50 kilometres west of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Most white lions live in captivity as the rare colour mutation is widely believed to make it difficult for white lions to survive in the wild. ((AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Five-year old white lion Ludwig, father of five new-born white lion cubs, in a private zoo in the village of Demydiv 50 kilometres west of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.  Most white lions live in captivity as the rare colour mutation is widely believed to make it difficult for white lions to survive in the wild. ( (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Five-year old white lion Ludwig, father of five new-born white lion cubs, in a private zoo in the village of Demydiv 50 kilometres west of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Most white lions live in captivity as the rare colour mutation is widely believed to make it difficult for white lions to survive in the wild. ( (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

A private zoo in Ukraine has a new attraction: five white lion cubs.

Volodymyr Shevchuk, director of the "XII Months" zoo near the Ukrainian capital, said the cubs have been separated from their parents, Ivanna and Ludvig.

Shevchuk says the cubs have quickly become favorites with the visitors.

White lions, which are extremely rare, are a genetic mutation of the African Lion. They are mostly found in zoos because the color mutation makes it difficult for them to survive in the wild.