You were waiting for this! You were asking for this! And here is it! Our great and lovely Goddess White Tigress in the snow!!!! my favorite animal ever forever I REALLY REALLY LIKE HOW THIS PHOTO TURNED OUT! ALMOST PROUD OF MY SELF! It was a first time when dirty glass helped! cuz of sun's blinks on it, I got all those fantastic rainbow colors on the background! To bad it was just rare random luck
Made in Moscow Zoo.
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Wonderful picture!! I just learned that white tigers are not protected at all, and some people think that they should be extincted... This made me so sad... Hope pictures like this one could make them change their mind and try help them instead.
It's not people hating on them for being white, there is justification behind the opinion. Unfortunately most white tigers are heavily inbred and many suffer bad deformities. Many are cross-eyed, or their facial structure is so wrong it can make eating hard for them. Also many white tigers will not survive in the wild due to the colouration, and hence are not suitable candidates for conservation purposes.
Yes you're right, I was making it too easy. The fact is that inbreding is the problem, not white tigers themselves. Since the white color is due to a recessive gene in the bengal species, I suppose white tigers occasionally are born "naturally". So inbreding is not necessary, but humans want to be so sure about having white cubs, so there we have cubs with lots of genetic problems. So yes, I do agree that inbreding should stop, but I'd like to see some healthy breeding program with orange tigers, so the cubs shall have no problems (they tried this once in an Australian zoo, the result were 2 orange cubs and 2 white ones, all perfectly healthy ). As for their problems with surviving in the wild, I wonder if they ever tried to reintroduce them in the wild... Of course, I might not know a lot about white tigers, but I know for sure that some white lions whom were also not supposed to survive due to the coloration, are now living in the wild and have no hunting problems at all.
The other conservation issue with these white tigers is there is some evidence to suggest that the recessive white gene may not have been found in Bengal Tigers to begin with. Almost all white and golden (another colour mutation) Bengal tigers can be traced back to a single male, Tony, who was actually part Siberian. While the results are not a hybrid, due to the two being subspecies, not separate species, it does reduce their value in some breeding programs.
Thank you for the info, this is quite interesting. So this tigers will never be protected, but we all know that inbreeding programs will continue, simply because white tigers are some "rarity" that brings along a lot of money... That's way too sad. But I still think that this animals deserve a place in the world. I'll start asking questions in some zoos nearby, see if they have some good breeding programs...