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Three times the charm.

When Huggies the polar bear went into labor in January, she gave the keepers at the Rhenen Zoo in Rhenen, the Netherlands, thrice the thrill. Huggies had three cubs. It was probably the first time a polar bear in captivity gave birth to triplets.

The too-cute trio was introduced to the public in March. To the delight of onlookers, the wee bears followed their mother out of her hut as she paraded before adoring fans.

Polar bear triplets occur in the wild, but they are rare, and usually only two survive. The Rhenen triplets are all healthy.

Zoo officials say that given the lack of predators (animals that attack others)--and plenty of food on hand--the cubs should do just fine.
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Date:Apr 24, 2006
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