AEST 11:34, Fri Jul 20 2012
Zookeepers in the Ukraine have been surprised by the births of five white lion cubs to two mothers in different parts of the country.
Two were born in a zoo in the coastal city of Yalta and three more were born in a wildlife park two weeks ago, all to tawny-coloured parents.
"We expected that the cubs would be beige or straw-coloured, the natural colour of lions, but we were really, really pleasantly surprised," veterinarian Alexander Dyakov told the International Business Times.
The five will be raised together in Yalta Zoo. (All photos AAP)