The White Tiger

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White Tiger

The white tiger is an endangered specie. They are very rare and can only be seen in zoos. As of June 1998, there were 30 white tigers in U.S. zoos that participated in SSP(Species Survival Plan). White tigers are fully grown at 2-3 years of age. Their tail is 3-4 feet long, which is about half the length of their body. Its coat lies flatter than that of the Siberian Tiger. This tiger is white with black stripes. Their stripes are like their fingerprints. No two animals have the same pattern.

The territory in which the tiger lives can range from 10-50 square miles, depending on the resources available in the area. The white tiger can be found in forested areas. They are usually located on the mainland of southeastern Asia and in central and southern India. Most now live in zoos or special wildlife parks. A white tigers diet is varied from deer and cattle, to frogs and fish.

They can eat up to the equivalent of 200 Big Macs in one serving! White tigers in the wild live to be about 10 to 15 years, while tigers in zoos usually live between 16 and 20 years.

Many people mistake the white tiger as being albino. They have icy

blue eyes, a pink nose, creamy white fur and chocolate to black stripes. A white tiger can be born from a mating of two orange tigers carrying the recessive gene, known as a double recessive allele. A Bengal tiger with two normal allele, or one normal and one white allele is colored orange. Only a double dose of the mutant allele results in a white tiger.

During the last 100 years, only about 12 such white tigers have been seen in India, resulting 1 in every 1,000. Poachers...