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Your morning adorable: Chilean zoo welcomes five white tiger cubs

January 8, 2010 | 12:01 pm

Two of five newborn white tigers sit in Santiago's Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago

The Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago, Chile, is celebrating the birth of five rare white tigers late last month. Zoo staff are already planning an elaborate new enclosure for the cubs and their parents, father Pampa (who arrived in Chile from Argentina in 2007) and mother Luna (who was brought to the zoo from Mexico in 2004). The enclosure will include a large grassy area to allow the tigers to roam, as well as several waterfalls so, we imagine, they can pretend they're at a fancy Las Vegas resort.

White tigers, contrary to popular belief, aren't albinos. Instead, they have a genetic mutation that affects the pigment in their fur.

The cubs recently underwent their first veterinary exam before a crowd of zoogoers, and a video of the exam seems to show that the onlookers were far more excited about the event than the cubs were (read: yowling and hissing). More photos after the jump!

Two of five newborn white tigers sit in Santiago's Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago

Two of five newborn white tigers sit in Santiago's Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago

Two of five newborn white tigers sit in Santiago's Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago

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Photo credit: Roberto Candia / Associated Press

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