White Tiger Controversy

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 in News | 1 comment

White Tiger © Jim Larimore

A very interesting article about the white tiger, explaining some of the misconceptions commonly held by the public. Also, a look into why Zoos should not breed white tigers due to the possible health implications caused by inbreeding.

“White tigers are white because they have two copies of an extremely rare recessive gene found in Bengal tigers (the gene has never been seen among pure Siberians or other subspecies). A very few white tigers were seen in the wild in the early 20th century. On the face of it, being a white object in the Bengal tigers’ tropical habitat of India and Southeast Asia can’t be good for a predator that needs to be camouflaged.”

 

Read the full article here

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  1. good

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