When I thought about this post (in Sunday Stills) and decided on this photograph of White tiger, I did some research. As per my understanding, white tigers where a different species and a very rare natural one. I found the facts about White tigers quite interesting and worth sharing.
White tigers are a pigmentation variant of Bengal Tiger, caused by a double recessive gene occurring so rarely in nature.
Only one out of every 10,000 Bengal tigers has the chance of being a natural White tiger.
Most of the White tigers we see in the zoos are the results of inbreeding and cross-breeding, which is considered as more weighed on economical value than conservation-al ethics. By saying that,I must add that so much abuse of the animal is involved in producing them.
Inbreeding – breeding siblings with each other or parents with children causes a multitude of health defects; Of those surviving, most have such profound birth defects such as immune deficiency, scoliosis of the spine (distorted spine), cleft palates, mental impairments and grotesquely crossed eyes that bulge from their skull that only a small percentage are suitable for display. Due to these birth defects the white tigers often die an early death.
White tigers are one of the rare cats in the wild probably due to its lack of camouflaging ability. They survive mostly in captivity. But the conservation of White tigers in Zoos are of 20% conservation and 80% monetary. They are inbred to generate more revenue rather than pure conservation ethics.
The abuse and cruelty involved in producing and disposing the white tigers, in order to fill the public desire to see white tigers on display is – Barbaric!! and the numbers are – Staggering!!
White tigers are definitely rare and I would like to see it stay rare rather than just sickly everywhere, as a result of such cruelty and in-human attitude towards animals.