Yongyin, South Korea-- Visitors at a South Korean zoo were treated to the sight of two rare white lion cubs on Wednesday October 2, 2013
The two were born at the Lost Valley zoo in the city of Yongin on August 28, on the outskirts of capital Seoul.
The cubs' white fur derives from a rare color mutation in the species, and the zoo said there are only 300 of its kind left in the world.
"There are only 300 white lions in the world, and there are six white lions in Lost Valley zoo, including the two white lion cubs that were born on August 28. There are a total of eight white lions in Everland park," 28-year-old zoo keeper Choi Ha-na said.
Many visitors gathered around to watch the cubs playing. "I saw white lions for the first time. They are really cute, and it's amazing. They are different from the usual lions, they have pink soles and noses. The fur is beautifully white like a sheep's," said 13-year-old Yang Myung-hyun.
"It's my first time seeing the white lion cubs. They are cuter than puppies. I want to have them at home," added 13-year-old Koo Hyun-sook.
Zoo keepers said cubs, currently being raised by zoo keepers and fed milk powder formula, will only be introduced to the larger family when they are seven-months-old when they are less vulnerable.