LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Downtown Days in Lee's Summit has live entertainment, food vendors, a carnival... and for the first time, this year's festival has white tigers!
There will be three of them to see; a mother and her two 13-month old cubs traveled to Lee's Summit from an exhibit in Dallas.
The tiger handlers say the up and close view of the animals is good to make people more aware of protecting this species.
"They haven't had a white tiger born in the wild since 1958. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened but nobody's seen it because its one in every ten thousand births. So when you only have 2500 animals in the wild it could be centuries before you see it on your own," said Lisa Lopez, All Things Wild.
The festival runs Friday to Sunday, June 6-8, spanning six blocks.
"They enjoy the people. They like to listen, they like to be around them, they love the attention. They are attention hounds. And they really do enjoy it," said Lopez.