Jungle Island welcomes 2 baby white tigers

Public invited to help choose names for cubs

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI - Jungle Island is celebrating the birth of two White tigers who were each born weighing in at a little over three pounds.

The male and female cubs have blue-gray eyes, white and brown strips and are expected to grow up to weigh anywhere from 500-600 pounds.

Jungle Island is inviting the public to help it choose a name for each of the tigers, also known as white Bengal tigers. Name choices include Ananda (Bliss), Samudra (Ocean), Jyoti (Auspicious Flame) and Rama (Goddess of Fortune).

Click here to cast your vote.

The park will choose one winner from the social media naming contest to receive a "Totally Tigers" package, which includes a family four-pack admission to Jungle Island, a behind-the-scenes tour, a baby cubs feeding experience, photos with the tigers and participation in the Wild Encounters Show.

The winner will be selected at random on Nov. 14.

Jungle Island officials say White tigers date back to the 15th century in Indian literature. They have been prized for their beauty and were taken into captivity by royalty for breeding.

White tigers are considered a rare species and are produced through a recessive gene inherited by both parents.

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