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Price of beauty is too high by woxys Price of beauty is too high by woxys
White tiger ( Panthera tigris, tygr, bila forma) from ZOO Bratislava, Slovakia :D

As you can see, this female is cross-eyed. Do you want to know why? Read the text below...

Thank you for your comments and faves :hug:
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You might not know: Why is white tiger white? Many people do not know it, but white tiger is not any special species. It is simply a variant of normal Bengal tiger, but a hybrid one. No, it is not albino. White tigers have blue eyes and dark skin on their paws. They are something special, having some recessive gene, which makes them white. White tigers are extremelly rare in the wild and they have problems to hide and hunt for prey, because their colour makes them too visible for hunting. In India, people managed to capture one young male white tiger in 1951. They let him mate with normal female. None baby was white – so the father mated with his normal orange daughter and white babies were finally born. All white tigers in the World’s ZOOs have origin in this only one captured male. Unfortunately, too common way how to breed white tigers is inbreeding, which means, that fathers mate with daughters, brothers mate with sisters and so on. As a result, many cubs are born deformed or dead. White tigers are cross-eyed, they have damaged brain and back. Tigers pay too high price for their beauty.

There is a serious discussion, if white tigers should be kept. In fact, ZOOs in North America want to stop breeding them at all. Right now, there are at least 11 color variants of white tigers! :roll: :no: They are great attraction for ZOOs and they bring money, but the price is maybe too high.....

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Other white tigers shots (also cubs!):




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:iconmichaeljfan77:
MichaelJFan77 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
So pretty!
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ProffesionalZombie12 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her eyes are like gems!
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ProffesionalZombie12 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her eyes are opal! How pretty....I knew before seeing this how white Tigers came to be...Such a sad story for such a beautiful creature....
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NICE
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:iconminalas:
Minalas Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful eyes!
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:iconthezenninja:
thezenninja Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
it's nice to see someone spreading this message :)
knowledge IS power after all.
Also, beautiful shot. You captured so much personality!
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SnowLeopard529 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
White tigers are def beautiful... I have raised 3 white tigers... but the fact remains, they are not at all in perfect condition...
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
I think it is wrong to breed them :)
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:iconbirdofthecrypt:
BirdoftheCrypt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think they should continue breeding them if they come out unhealthy. Sure they're pretty and all, but the price of it is terrible
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
same opinion here...
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:iconscooby777:
Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor cross-eyed Kitty!
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
yes :(
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GLC19 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I's beautifull, poor tiger, it has strange eyes isn't it?
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
yes :(
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:iconstomei97:
Stomei97 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh,I love white tigers....so pretty.But I didn't know they were imbred o.o
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
A quick google search shows some of the poor beasts that don't make show grade. People onley see those that are pretty enough to display, many white tigers are sadly too deformed for the public to be allowed to see.
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
it is sad, yes :(
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Well lets hope stunning images like this can raise awareness :)
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Tanakila Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Poor animals. They are beautiful
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juju-NotAnArtist Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
crossed eye or not, tugers are beautiful, they´re my fav animals...i love them...><
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Casandraelf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
for those of you who think this tiger's pretty and don't bother to read the description of this, i don't want to hear it.

i admit, i love white tigers, but sadly, they are the result of inbreeding. also, for every aesthetically 'perfect' white tiger, there's at least several deformed ones, like kenny, a white tiger who, from what i can recall, had something like tiger down syndrome as his face was all messed up.
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mermaya Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
She has beautiful eyes :heart: :love:
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Aritimas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it also possible to get normal white tigers without deformities? It's possible for two orange who have half the gene to produce white cubs? Like, a 1 in 4 chance or something
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
but the deformity comes with the white colour, so no, it is not possible to breed white tiger without health problems...
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:iconaritimas:
Aritimas Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww that's a shame :( It'd be nice to have a properly healthy one
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Havenshardlight Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thank you for the information... I would never have known the truth if you had not posted this...
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
:hug:
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AncaXBre Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Poor fellow. It always saddens me to see this creature knowing how much they and other tigers suffer. I'm happy to hear that breeding white tigers will stop. These animals are not built by nature but by human's hunger for money. As they cannot survive in the wild they always end up in zoos or circuses where they are treated poorly and most of them have genetic issues. I see no point n breeding animals that will be in pain for a long part of their life and that can play no part in conservation. Sure they are beautiful but when you think how endangered the tiger is looks really become unimportant. I think that we can't afford to play God with an animal that is so rare. We should focus on saving the tiger that can survive in the wild, rather than a pretty mascot.
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I agree with you :nod:
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Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
I read the description and I'm sad that inbreeding makes it too hard to keep doing it. Too bad there's not a way to breed them with their own kind but not dilute their gene pool. I didn't even know this was such a problem.
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
it is very sad, yes :(
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sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Wow, this is so hilarious! :love:

I really do love this. I wish I could comment longer, but I can't. This made my day, though. :aww: Amazing job!
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Enderkichi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I have only seen one white tiger in my life back when I was in like 4th-5th grade in elementary school when our school made a trip to the zoo and I loved it. I've always been fascinated by felines, they're so beautiful and smart and elegant. I love them and wish people would be more conscious about them, especially the endangered species. It would be so sad if they became extinct. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us!
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Spiker-Wave Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Beautiful! I love those eyes
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:iconluna-05:
luna-05 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
I love Tigers <3
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SpiriTina Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
omg he is beautiful
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dahowlers Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
I couldn't help but laugh at this picture because of how ridiculous it looks, but thank you for the little history lesson
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BareKonnichiwa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
fave'ing for the message this single picture portrays.
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KaysJournal Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
We need to stop breeding animals so irresponsibly. D: Is it true that persian cats have trouble breathing because their face is so scrunched up?
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:iconcasandraelf:
Casandraelf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
yeah, i think they do have problems breathing
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
no idea, sorry :(
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Noatory Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Omg love the eyes <3
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Your pictures are incredible, you really capture every animal brilliantly and I love that you add information about each creature. its very informative. The white tiger is a beautiful and tragic story. They invest so much just for one pretty cat to display but they do have a lot of health risks. Its sad they exploit them for profit but they are amazing to look at. I agree they should focus on pure tigers since their numbers are endangered, instead of just trying to make a profit.
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Thank you :hug:
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Arelia1815 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Writer
its eyes are beautiful
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Three-Stripes Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
i always thought the white tigers were called white Siberian tigers.
till i found out that those dont really exist
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DigimonQQ Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
TT_TT I never knew how they came to be. But now I know. And it's just sad. Hopefully, people will become more content with white tigers born of natural causes, and not force incest to happen. Byakko will cry... And I thought the first time I saw white tigers that they look exactly like the noble beast of the legends. But, now I know that their life is far from happy.
Woxys, that's a very nice shot you've got there. >_< I love the pink tongue, you managed to make the tiger look both fierce and playful~
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Lovely shot, but it does seem to me that they shouldn't be inbreeding the animals like this just to get unusual color combinations. Breeding should have the object of producing the healthiest young possible.
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IchigoKitty Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm really sorry, but all white tigers are not cross eyed or have brain problems. IMO, There's no reason for them to stop being bred, because the bloodline continues to strengthen. White tigers' bloodline has been strengthened considerably by breeding with orange cats, and there are so many white cats now that inbreeding is much more rare. The old "all white tigers are inbred" stuff is pretty out of date. It's really unfair to try to plant the assumption that they're all deformed. I've known numerous white cats, and they're very healthy.
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
as they all come from the white tiger who mated with his daughter, they all must be relatives :)

Breeding White Bengals with orange Amurs brough animals, who have no value for tiger protection :)

I see no reason to breed a "funny unnutural colour variation" with health problems, when REAL species of tigers need protection. ZOO habitats should be used for breeding Amurs, Bengals and other species :)
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