YA'AN, China (CNN/CCTV) - A white lion gave birth to five cubs on Friday in Southwest China's Ya'an City.
According to China Central TV, the lion was raised at a zoo in the city of Ya'an and was pregnant when the province was hit by the earthquake in April.
A female white lion in China normally gives birth to three cubs at one time. Therefore, this is a rare case, zoologists say.
The white lion was raised at a zoo of the Bifengxia Nature Reserve in Ya'an City of Southwest China's Sichuan Province.
And she was pregnant at the time when the city was severely hit by a 7-magnitude earthquake on April 20.
Zookeepers said they found her sleeping more than usual and seldomly moving in the room as she awaited delivery.
"So we took turns to look after her. The delivery started at around 2 p.m. Friday," said zoo raiser Yang Dingjiu.
However, the cubs are in need of mother's feeding.
"The female lion has no milk after delivery of the five lion cubs. We are now feeding them milk with feeding bottles," said Dingjiu.
White lions aren't albinos, but their coats are a different color than most lions because they carry a genetic marker specific to the Timbavati region of South Africa.
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