We have visited the zoo in our childhood and one thing that still catches our eyes is a white tiger. It looks like the ghost version of a tiger. How nature amazes us; with a little genetic change can make the whole appearance different. A white tiger is actually a Bengal tiger and it is not because of being albino or subspecies of tiger that they are like this. This a rare genetic mutation that causes their color white. They lack pigment that is responsible for the orange hue of tigers. Many people also address them as bleached tigers for their appearance against their rust-colored peers.
Some Of The Information About The White Tiger
- The scientific name for a white tiger is Panthera tigris Tigris and they get their white color for the lack of rare pigments.
- They can only be born with two parents carrying a similar gene. Inbreeding is very common in tiger and mostly when a male tiger inbreeds with its own offspring, the chances of it becoming a white tiger is high.
- Inbreeding causes many illnesses and problems among white tigers like down syndrome, scoliosis, crossed eyes and mental impairment.
Some Of The Features Found
- In many zoos and places, white tigers are kept in captivity because they are very popular for entertainment for their color.
- They have a disadvantage over their orange counterparts. They cannot hide properly and lack of camouflage let them starve for which they cannot survive in the wild for a long time.
- Tigers have stripes that are unique for everyone just like fingerprints for us. We can easily identify the tigers by their stripes. These are actually skin stripes and not fur stripes because even if we shave the tigers, these will be visible.
- Compared to their counterparts, white tigers grow fast and heavier.
- They are bigger than orange Bengal tiger and they are more muscular and stronger too, that being the reason they are more aggressive and dangerous.
- Apparently, there is no difference between the shape of a face between white and orange tigers. However, orange tigers have green or yellow-colored eyes, whereas the white tiger has sapphire blue eyes, giving them an exotic look.
- A white tiger is very quick and agile and is a very good swimmer. This helps them cross river and water bodies with ease giving them an extra advantage. However, they are not good at climbing. Their noses are pink, so are the paws.
- They sleep a lot, almost 16 to 18 hours a day, that is very common with big cats with a few exceptions.
Lifecycle Of A White Tiger
Tigers are attracted to each other by the scent marks and roars. At the age of 3 to 4, usually, a female white tiger gets maturity. Like other mammals, tigers give birth to their babies and breastfeed the young. The gestation period of a tiger is three months. Young ones are dependent on their mother and they can hunt only after eighteen months. Then after they reach three to four years they leave their mother and lead their own lives.