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White Tigers

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:39 pm
by NinaUrsus
I've been informed there are no other big cat owners that are currently active on this site. Pitty. I've read a lot of misinformation about the health problems of White Tigers. My boy isn't inbred. I'm sure there is some inbreeding in his line, as there is with every single living human, if you go far enough back. I think it is so stupid that the AZA has banned the breeding of White Tigers, White Lions and King Cheetahs! I've heard "all White Tigers are cross-eyed even if they look normal". I'm sorry, but this is BS and my boy isn't cross-eyed and can see just fine! If he was cross-eyed, I think he would have trouble catching that rabbit I put in his pen. LOL I've seen one or two pictures of White Tigers online with malformations, but that is it. I've seen less than 10 individual White Tigers through pictures that have cross-eyes. I'm sure inbreeding goes on, just like it does with almost any other animal bred in captivity by people who have no regard for the animals. My boy has been checked for strabismus by the vet and he has absolutely no sign of it. My boy was one of the sample specimens used in the documentary and actual DNA testing of "American Tigers". He is 25% Bengal Tiger, 25% Siberian Tiger, 25% Indochinese Tiger, 12.5% Malayan Tiger and 12.5% South China Tiger. He definitely isn't "purebred". LOL I wish there were some other big cat owners on here! While the White Tiger may not be a seperate species, I would consider it a seperate breed. They do occur in the wild. At least they used to. They were once found in the wild. Honestly...I think the AR people like to spread a lot of rumors about White Tigers. It's also a huge myth that only Bengals can be White. Personally, I think White Tigers could do just fine in the wild where there is snowy terrain. I take serious offense when somebody claims that my White Tiger is inbred. It's simply just lies! He isn't a sickly animal like PETA or BCR would like you to think.

Re: White Tigers

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:33 pm
by TamanduaGirl
There was some inbreeding at first as there is for any new breed or colormorph but that is long past. Inbreeding in animals is different from humans and are not prone at the same dramatic effects, unless done excessively and when done excessively the biggest effect is infertility. Careful line breeding can actually help weed out hidden genetic illnesses.

Re: White Tigers

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:30 pm
by Peacefulward
You own a tiger? That's amazing, would love to see pics. How's his enclosure set up?

Re: White Tigers

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:26 am
by Nìmwey
There is some exaggerated purism that I really don't like, in AZA for example. But we already knew that. They think they are the elite and no one else is as good as them. These mutations occur in nature (no Dr Frankenstein created them in a lab), so why should it be against the rules to breed them? Ridiculous.

And ah yes, the common "they're inbred". Seems everyone on the internet knows white tigers are inbred, and they don't think for a second about how inbred the average purebred dog is.