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Rare White Tigers Born at German Zoo
Edited by Edward Evans - Nguyen Tri Duc - Saturday, Aug 14, 2010
Two weeks old and already in ful

(Reuters) - Two weeks old and already in full voice, rare white tiger cubs in a German zoo. Zoo veterinarian, Christiana Hensel says the birth is very special.

"They are so cute that I'm not just the professional, the veterinarian but I also take a personal interest in them and that they're doing well."

Because of their colour, the cubs would probably not survive in the wild, making them especially rare.

"White tigers do exist. It's a colour mutation of the conventional tiger colour. But the colour means that the tigers do not reach maturity and the age of reproduction because it is totally inappropriate as a camouflage."

According to zoo figures, fewer than 250 white tigers exist worldwide.

Though these cubs seem to have no idea what all the fuss is about.

1. cubs /kʌbz/ (n) a young tiger, bear, lion, etc.: con thú con (hỗ, gấu, sư tử,...)

  • a tiger guarding her cubs: một con hổ bảo vệ đàn con

2. mutation /mjuːˈteɪʃn/ (n) a process in which the genetic material of a person, a plant or an animal changes in structure when it is passed on to children, etc, causing different physical characteristics to develop; a change of this kind: sự thay đổi, sự biến đổi, sự đột biến  (gen)

  • pigment mutation: biến đổi sắc tố
  • mutation in colours caused by radiation: sự biến đổi màu sắc do phóng xạ gây ra
  • genetic mutations: đột biến gen
  • mutation of cells: sự đột biến của các tế bào

3. maturity /məˈtʃʊərəti/ (n) the state of being fully grown or developed: giai đoạn trưởng thành

  • to take 10 years to reach maturity: mất 10 năm để đến tuổi / giai đoạn trưởng thành
  • to have shown physical maturity: cho thấy sự trưởng thành về thể chất
  • to lay eggs / to give birth when they approach maturity: đẻ trứng / sinh con khi đến tuổi trưởng thành

4. camouflage /ˈkæməflɑːʒ/ (n)  the way in which an animal's colour or shape matches its surroundings and makes it difficult to see: sự ngụy trang

  • The whiteness of polar bears provides camouflage.
    Màu trắng của gấu bắc cực dùng để ngụy trang.
    = The polar bear's white fur is a natural camouflage.
  • The animal's markings provide effective camouflage.
    Những vết trên thân của con vật giúp ngụy trang hữu hiệu.
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