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Siegfried & Roy welcome 3 snow-white lion cubs

| Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4:12 p.m.
White lion cubs rub against each other during an event to welcome the cubs to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Las Vegas. Three white lion cubs, born in South Africa, are scheduled to be available for public viewing Friday.
Siegfried Fischbacher, left, holds up a white lion cub as Roy Horn holds up a microphone during an event to welcome three white lion cubs to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Las Vegas. The three white lion cubs, born in South Africa, are scheduled to be available for public viewing Friday.
A white lion cub walks on a log during an event to welcome three white lion cubs to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Las Vegas. The three white lion cubs, born in South Africa, are scheduled to be available for public viewing Friday.
A white lion cub plays on the ground during an event to welcome three white lion cubs to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Las Vegas. The three white lion cubs, born in South Africa, are scheduled to be available for public viewing Friday.

LAS VEGAS — Magicians Siegfried & Roy are welcoming three new snowy white lion cubs to their Secret Garden habitat on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 14-week-old felines were born near Johannesburg, South Africa, and brought to the Mirage casino three weeks ago. They will be available for public viewing starting on Friday.

The cubs are named Freedom, Madiba and Timba-Masai, and have rare white coats after inheriting their parents' recessive genes. They are expected to weigh 500 pounds each when they reach their full size in two to four years.

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn discontinued their magic stage show after a white tiger named Mantecore attacked Horn during a 2003 performance.

But they continue maintaining the Secret Garden zoo, which features white tigers and white lions.

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