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Can you beleive this??? No white tigers.

post #1 of 11
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I tried to post this in the "IMO" forum but wouldnt let me... This is insane.







http://www.bigcatrescue.org/white_tigers.htm

Did you know that there is no such species as a Royal White Bengal Tiger?

If you didn't know that, don't feel bad, you were deceived just like millions of others. Read on to learn the truth about white tigers, white lions, tabby tigers and other genetic aberrations.
Over the years many people have asked us to take white tigers off their hands, but in every case it was only so they could breed more, so we declined. For years we have railed against supporting facilities that breed and exhibit white tigers because of the abuse involved in producing them. White Tigers can ONLY exist in captivity by continual inbreeding, such as father to daughter, brother to sister, mother to son and so forth. The white lions and golden tabby tigers are merely a product of this practice of inbreeding for white coats as well and are not being bred for any sort of conservation program either. (See genetics and time line of the inbreeding below)

The myth of the Rare White Bengal Tiger was an illusion meant to deceive the public into thinking that these cats were endangered and being preserved for future generations. The truth of the matter is that they aren’t even pure Bengal tigers, but rather are all the offspring of an original Siberian / Bengal cross breeding. The inbreeding results in many defects, early deaths, still births and, as could be expected, the cats are not very bright which is why they are preferred for entertainment purposes.


Now obviously Inbreeding happens natural in Nature cause wild white tigers have been seen...but the constant inbreeding of them to me seems cruel.
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post #2 of 11
oh my gosh- that is sooo insane!!! thanks for educating us all a little bit on this topic and making us aware of the situation! i had no idea!!!! that poor tiger looks just aweful!
post #3 of 11
I dont know.....I find that hard to believe! Seems like someone would have mentioned something like this well before now!! It seems fishy to me. But heck what do I know?
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Pretty weird.... I hope and pray its not true but i'm scared it is. :/
post #5 of 11
You misunderstood.
White tigers are a natural mutation in the wild.

White tigers in captivity though are all descended from a single bengal x siberian hybrid and are inbred.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
You misunderstood.
White tigers are a natural mutation in the wild.

White tigers in captivity though are all descended from a single bengal x siberian hybrid and are inbred.
DItto /....

No you arent likely to find a white of any age in the wild the lack of color = lack of camoflage
post #7 of 11
it still dosent make any sense, if wild tigers carry the gene that creates the mutation, then so can the Tigers in the zoos, as Correct me if I am wrong, most tigers in zoos came from the wild, and are still coming into the zoos. Its not like the same tigers have been in the zoos all the time! There are new tigers brought to zoos, and they are entered in a breeding program. I find it highly unlikely that all White tigers born in captivity are related!! Seems completely bogus!! I could definitely see it happening in the private end, but not in zoos. It also seems like someone would have tried to put a top to this by now! JMO!
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
DItto /....

No you arent likely to find a white of any age in the wild the lack of color = lack of camoflage
yes i know there arent any on the wild.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Critter Crazy View Post
it still dosent make any sense, if wild tigers carry the gene that creates the mutation, then so can the Tigers in the zoos, as Correct me if I am wrong, most tigers in zoos came from the wild, and are still coming into the zoos. Its not like the same tigers have been in the zoos all the time! There are new tigers brought to zoos, and they are entered in a breeding program. I find it highly unlikely that all White tigers born in captivity are related!! Seems completely bogus!! I could definitely see it happening in the private end, but not in zoos. It also seems like someone would have tried to put a top to this by now! JMO!
the genes are a bit more complex than that ... I beleive Aryln was speaking about PURE white tigers those do decend from one pair..

You can have a white tiger that is born too reg parents but that tiger is not a true white and if breed has a fifty % chance of having reg colored and no whites
post #10 of 11
I don't think they are referring to the occasional one born in the zoo tigers as inbred. I think they are referring to the ones that Siegfred and Roy were breeding - I would suspect THOSE cats were heavily inbred as all they had were white tigers - they were breeding white to white.
post #11 of 11
Here is a stupid question. There used to be a white tiger at the Houston Zoo (early 1990's). They claimed that is was an albino tiger, and not bred as you described. My SIL was a docent at the zoo and verified the story. So is it possible for the rare white tiger to be real, in the sense of albinism?
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