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Baby White Lion Cub Twins, Niza And Nero, Born After Emergency Procedure (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/17/10 12:49 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

With their snowy coats, these baby white lion cubs may seem like the perfect winter present, but the adorable duo almost didn't survive their dangerous and unexpected birth in Germany.

The Daily Mail reports that keepers at the Serengeti Park didn't realize the twins' mother, Brouks, was pregnant until a baby was found at her side, which unfortunately died 48 hours later.

Suspecting more were on the way, staff rushed the mother lion with a police escort to Veterinary University in nearby Hanover. After a Caesarian procedure that lasted seven hours, the two cubs Nero and Niza came out alive on December 2.

After 15 days in intensive care, the cubs are now off the critical list.

According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust, no white lions have been spotted in the wild since 1994.

Check out photos of the cute white lion twins below.

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White lion babies Niza (L) and Nero play with a stuffed animal on December 15, 2010 in Hodenhagen, northwestern Germany. The twins were born by Caesarean on December 2, 2010 and are bottle-fed until they can be acclimatized in the lions' family living at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen. (JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)
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