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Baby white tiger from ZOO Bratislava, Slovakia :)

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I wonder why is white tiger white. That’s because it is albino, right?
White tigers are NOT albinos. Albinos would have red eyes. White colour of tigers is caused by recessive gen, whole genetic and colourful deviation is called leucism. White tigers usually have blue eyes and white fur with visible dark stripes.

White tigers are so wonderful! What a shame that this species is endangered in the wild :(
At first, white tiger is NOT a species at all!
In the wild, white tigers extremely RARELY occured amoung Bengal tigers.
But white tiger is NOT a separate species of tiger.

If white tigers are so rare, how comes that we can see them in so many animal parks?
In 1951, people managed to capture a white male cub of tiger. It was brought to captivity, where the male mated with normal orange female. People hoped to get white babies, but newborn cubs were orange. People then got and idea – and they let the white male mate with his OWN daughter. As a result, white babies were born. All white tigers in America and Europe have origin from this pair and their babies.

Er... origin from this pair and its babies?
Yes. To produce more white tigers, INBREEDING was needed. What does inbreeding mean? It means that mothers have babies with their sons or fathers have babies with their daugthers. Or siblings mate to produce more white cubs.
In fact, white tigers are DOMESTIC breed! They are closer to domestic CATS than to fantastic wild tigers. There are at least ELEVEN colour variants of white tigers – it reminds of breeding some budgies.

That’s sick, is not it? What about the result? What abouth health of white tigers?
Of course, inbreeding resulted in serious health damage of white tigers. Many of white tigers cubs are born dead or damaged. Cats have serious problems, for example with their spin. They are also cross-eyed, which is caused by white recessive gen itself. They are simply over crossed and bred poor creatures.

But inbreeding happens even in the wild, for example among lions!
Can you, please, tell me, which wild animal species has an origin in only ONE already inbred pair and then in one line of always inbred animals? In a healthy big population, single cases of inbreeding are not bad, but only inbreeding is.

But white tigers are still tigers after all! They surely need to be protected?
No. White tigers have NO value for protection of tigers.
Not only they are damaged. Not only they are domestic species. But to limit the results of inbreeding, animal facilities tried to mix blood of white tigers, letting them mate with another subspecies of tigers. Which means, that white tigers have no value for protection of tigers.
You need animals with pure blood for every conservation effort – pure blooded Amur tigers, pure blooded Malayan tigers, pure blooded Sumatran tigers. Some mixed, damaged, cross-eyed inbred white tiger has really NO value for protection of tigers.
In fact, their keeping is even more problematic – ZOOs keep them as an attraction instead of keeping and breeding REALLY endangered subspecies of tigers (Amur, Sumatran, Malayan), which really need protection. Those subspecies must be supported by ZOOs to have a chance to survive. Not white mutants.

Wait... why do ZOOs, even respected ones, keep white tigers then?
White tigers are good for marketing, as they are very attractive.
The question is not only black and white – white tigers attract the visitors and ZOOs can use money from entrance fees to breed and protect really endangered species of animals.
But American asociation of ZOOs has already banned breeding of new baby white tigers, hoping to remove this little “deviation“ from North American ZOOs in 20 years.
Nobody wants to shoot white tigers right now. They are living creatures and they deserve to live in the best living conditions. We should just stop breeding new ones.

Who the hell told you about this? What a crap!
Check the internet for info.
To provide real fact about white tigers, I contacted one of the most respected animal facilities in the world – ZOO Prague, which is very successful at breeding endangered species of animals, including tigers. This ZOO’s task was to control Europen population of white tigers in 2009. They were nice enough to send me valuable source of info.
[link] [link] [link]

So... why do YOU post photos of white tigers then? What a hypocryte you are. You just want to have faves.
My photos of orange tigers are far more popular than photos of white tigers.
I also use my photos to INFORM people – and be sure that many of them were shocked when they learned about the origin of white tigers. Usually, people thank me for informing them, but of couse, some trolls who flame me for presenting those facts occur time to time.
Also... white tigers are nice – and they will probably disappear in few decades. Why should I deny their existence? It is good to use images of them to remeber their presence and to remember, how people in fact “created“ them, letting them suffer for their beauty.

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BookThief17 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know a majority of the info you gave. I'm glad someone is telling this information about white tigers. However I must say, I think the one thing about white tiger that irritates me most (don't get me wrong, I do like the white tiger) is that people often believe that Siberian Tigers are white. :facepalm:
RoguishRobin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thank you for all this information, I am glad to know
ChibiTigerheart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
wow I didn't know that, thanks for letting us all know 
Leioll Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
huh, that was really informative. thanks for that information!! :D
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Little-Calvin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you for the information! I always prefer the hard truth over the beautiful lie.
AutumnWillow7 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Yes, finally I see someone saying the truth about all of this. I've only seen one or two other cases (With the exception of wildlife websites) Where people actually know the truth about this. Thank you for putting all of that in the description, it made my day to see someone else who knows about all of this.
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
thanks for support!
AnyaMaraiswolf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine too
iEnviDevi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this, it was very informative. You're right, they should just care for these white tigers, not breed them, and just wait until they die out. White tigers should exist only in art, not in reality.
I230 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
A bath and a drink all in one :heart:
:kitty: breathtakingly beautiful
schwachschwamm Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
cute and sweet
HilBethJay Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
White tigers also have a risk of having clef palates, like Zabu in Big Cat Rescue.

They also talk about the wrongness of encouraging white tigers [link].
Smoochynose Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Thanks for this.
I didn't realise that the white tiger came from inbreeding. I'd heard that it was a recessive gene and knew that they had no value in the breeding for endangered species but I had no idea that they had come at the cost of inbreeding and sight issues. I just assumed it came from an allele which made the resulting cubs stand out and hence die in the wild but in zoos where fed it survived. The poor things.

Sometimes humanity disgusts me. I need to watch videos of people rescuing puppies and kittens or something to remind myself it's not all bad.
KouichiRox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
There's a zoo in Arizona called Wildlife World Zoo and they have a new baby white tiger :( its cuz but sad to see they are making more and not informing the public of the wicked truth behind white tigers
Kodaic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Gorgeous eyes. Awesome photo! :)
EllipticalPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I actually didn't know that about white colored tigers, I thought the gene was recessive and occured naturally, I had no idea it was a mutation resulting from inbreeding. O.o How very odd! Too bad too, because the white fur and blue eyes really are beautiful. But orange tigers are equally beautiful and shouldn't be put through interbreeding just for our own pleasure. o:
Let's hope to a future of healthy, pure tigers!
Subarufoxboy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
A rare beauty :D
ElectricRosez Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor thing ❤ :( why are people so stupid
verge-1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student
WOW....wat a beautiful animal, those eyes and fur just amaze me that there is some beauty left in this fucked up world of at times ashamed that the ever increasing human population is dstorying its 'own' planet and the once diverse plant and animal species :(
LapisLazuliFYI Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor little thing...

I read about the inbreeding a while ago. How sad... People do anything for money, it's sick...
DracoSheep Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I still have people deny the information I give them about white tigers. The question I'm wondering is where all the charity money goes that claim to be just for white tigers. o.O
mintochiharu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow,that's really a lot of information,thanks for sharing this and also it's a beautiful and cute picture :) however I have always liked tigers,especially white tigers but now I get so sad when I'm reading how those tigers live and that they may suffer beacuse of their condition,poor them! :( Anyway this has really leatned me something :sniff: thanks :)
Celadine14 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Here's another sad fact: which country has the highest population of tigers?
Trick question, it's the US. They have more tigers in zoos than their native countries have in the wild. :saddummy:

I love tigers, and over the years I've had to accept the fact that people haven't done enough to save them. They'll vanish like the ice on the poles, doomed by the greed and stupidity of humanity.
woxys Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I know it and it is very sad, right :(
DracoSheep Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
How is that a trick question? :XD: USA is still a country.

But yes, tigers are amazing. I've donate to conservation funds for Amur Leopards, Snow Leopards, and Tigers so far. Planning on more when I have money to spare. -u-
woxys Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
trick, because togers live in Asia, so people would usually guess some Asiatic country :)
Machi1765 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
It's gorgeous! <3
AnglAlejandro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Guiokami Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I first learned about this white tiger matter in a photo of yours quite some time ago. I'm glad I was informed, did my research about it and I really agree with your worries. It's good that you try to inform people! D:

Nonetheless, still a great photo.
Roskuli Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist
so cute
SythMog Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
favorite pokemon ever
meanime Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
His eyes <3
MikaDiva Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! good capture.
CoronetV8 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not really. Keep a regular bengal tiger baby in a basement with no sunlight for 5-6 years. Put contact lenses on it's eyes. Then you'll get a white tiger.
Celadine14 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Better idea: let's put you in a basement with no sunlight for 5-6 years. Fur doesn't change color like skin does.
woxys Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, kouká se stejně jako moja čubina, když ju koupu po tom co se vyválí v nečem "voňavém".^^ A protože současnou politiku bílých tygrů zásadně neschvaluji (co si budeme nalhávat - koordinace záchraných programů velkých koček je celá postavená na hlavu...), musím ocenit tvoje sroumitelné shrnutí k jejich problematice, jakkoli pochybuju, že si většina zarytých milovníků bílých tygrů z toho něco vezme...
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
díky a to víš, zaryté prostě nepřesvědčíš :/
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Já bych neházela flintu do žita - až se za nějakej čas (až budu stará bába) v Liberci či Bratislavě prostě urodí šilhavý mongoloidní kotě s křivými čelistmi chci vidět ty oslavné titulky opěvující "chovatelský úspěch"!
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
mně je třeba Liberce líto :( město se k té zoo chová tak strašně macešsky, že vůbec nemají peníze, loni dokonce nějaký čas neměli na složenky na údržbu :/ oni ty tygry jako tahák pro návštěvníky prostě potřebují, dokonce z těch peněz zvládnou i financovat nějaké záchranné projekty :(
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Až tak? Zastupitelstvo, které nechá chátrat takovej magnet na peníze se mi zdá přinejlepším podezřelé...
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
však Liberec je jedno z českých měst, kde jsou problémy s korupcí nejhorší :(
však si všimni, že Liberec je jedna z mála ZOO v ČR, kde prakticky ani není rozvoj :( nemají tam nic nového, nejsou peníze ani na údržbu stávajícího. Loni strašně šťastně popisovali, jak je zachránila právě obrovská návštěvnost spojená s bílými tygřaty :(


Divíš se jim, že ty tygry chovají? Já ne :(
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jéj, když to podáš takhle tak se jim nedivím. Účel světí prostředky, a i takhle se dá dělat ochrana přírody:/ Což, ale neznamená, že je to dobře.
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
je to smutné, to určitě, ale v prvé řadě viním vedení města :(
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veeru2 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Very Rare.. i think its Royal Bengal Tiger. I live in India and in same region. I was lucky to see them.
ElderxChildx6 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. I didn't know a lot of that information about White Tigers. I'd be sad to see them go, but if they are too damaged from inbreeding, then there's just no avoiding it. They shouldn't be forced to exist if they are suffering by the conditions they face from the result, but of course simply "taking a gun and putting a bullet to their head" isn't exactly good either. Because they are living creatures, and have managed to survive despite the odds of their damaged conditions, then they should live until the end of their life. Stopping them from breeding is probably the most humane way to see them off.

Again, I'll be sad to see them go. They are -- in my opinion -- just as beautiful as all the other types of tigers. So I will be sad to see them gone. But it's because of pictures like these, that'll make the White Tigers truly immortal. Because they will never be forgotten and always remembered, thanks to the people who take the pictures of them and preserve them for other people to see.

Thank you, for being one of the many who will keep them -- in a sense -- alive, even after their time. Because no one should forget these creatures. And to the future generations that would come after they're gone, they deserve to know that these creatures once existed. Even if it was a forced act by humans. They still deserve to be remembered. And you're one of the many people who help make that possible.^^
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
thank you for nice words :aww:
ElderxChildx6 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.^^
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