@AskATiger Eeek!I don’t want to be eaten. How many white tigers are there in the world.
— Janet Hoben (@janetfax) April 5, 2012
Big Raj responds:
We are happy that this question was tweeted to us because most of our posts are ridiculously funny (You better laugh). We are happy to educate you on the subject…
Contrary to popular belief, white tigers are merely a color mutation of the Bengal tiger (Sexiest animal in the world might I add), and are not considered to be a separate species. White tigers typically are the rejects of the litter or a birth defect like albinism or maladistic coloring. Today, populations of Bengal tigers are estimated to be between 1,300 and 1,500 (WTF!). But according to zoologists, there is only a 1 in 10,000 chance that a Bengal tiger will be born with the white genetic mutation. In the past 100 years, there have only been 12 confirmed reports of white tiger sightings in the wild, the last of which occurred in 1959 (or a hell of a long time ago!).
In captivity, white tigers are created through selective breeding, as both parents need to be carriers of the white gene in order to produce white babies. Because of this, many zoos have resorted to inbreeding (effing disgusting and terribly wrong!), which can cause the cubs to suffer from a wide range of ailments, from cleft palates to mental retardation. There are at least 200 white tigers in zoos today, but many more in the hands of private owners who keep them as ‘pets’.
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Why did the tiger loose at poker? Because he was playing with a cheetah.
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