White Tiger: A Rare Genetic Variant Of The Bengal Tiger


White Tiger: A Variant Of The Bengal Tiger

The white tiger is also known as a bleached tiger to the wildlife lovers. The researchers call it a variant of the Bengal tiger. It is reported in different journals that this variation of the tiger is usually found in different states of India. The states where it can be seen are Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal. Furthermore, this animal resides in the Sunderbans region as well.

Characteristics Of White Tiger

White Tiger: A Variant Of The Bengal Tiger
White Tiger: A Variant Of The Bengal Tiger

The white tiger is like other variations of the tiger in nature. But it has a difference in its color, size, and weight as well. The parents of this animal might take special care of their cub. Or they might run away from it thinking they have given birth to a demon. Who knows? Nobody has any idea if there are some folklores among the tigers centering it.

The white tiger lacks a pigment named pheomelanin. This pigment causes the orange color in the fur of Bengal tigers. The lack of this pigment has caused the far color of this animal to be white. However, in case one compares them to the albinos, they would be wrong.

However, this animal grows faster than other variants of the Bengal tiger. This animal borns with a larger size than the normal tiger cubs. The white tigers complete their growth at the age of two or three. This animal weighs almost 200-230 kilograms and can grow up to ten feet approximately.

Furthermore, every white tiger has a unique pattern of black patches. One does not contain the same pattern as another one. Sounds like a fingerprint, eh! Even if it gets itself to a barber and gets a clean shave, the black stripes will be still visible like a tattoo.

Rarity Of The Breed

White Tiger: A Variant Of The Bengal Tiger
White Tiger: A Variant Of The Bengal Tiger

According to a survey, the white tiger takes birth once in ten thousand. There are some genetic criteria for the parents to conceive this rare breed. The parent tigers are required to carry an unusual gene for making their cub a white one.

Due to this rare combination of genes, this animal has become rare in the world. According to a recent survey, there are only seven hundred white tigers around the world in the current time.

In order to give birth to a perfect white tiger, many tigers have to inbred for numerous times. Then one question can arise: what about the other ‘imperfects’? Well, we do not have the answer. The question is if any researcher of wildlife has thought about it as well.

However, not every white tiger is as healthy as other fellow cubs. Only one cub among thirty takes birth with perfect health. Other twenty-nine usually born deformed. In some cases, it is claimed that they do not have the perfect color ratio to gain the tag of this rare breed. It is very common among these rarely bred cubs that 99% of them die for having genetic defects. This has made this breed rarer in worldwide wildlife.

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