T.I.G.E.R.S. – White Tiger Myths

Good day from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  Last week I wrote about some of the bigs cats that. will be featured on Big The National Geographic Channel November 29.  The episode, called Super Cat will be aired during Big Cat Week.

I found some interesting information wrritten by Doc Bhagavan Antle, Director on the White Tiger:

White Tiger Myths

Myth #1 – White tigers are always the result of inbreeding.

    FALSE: When two different litters mature and breed, many of the cubs they produce will be white. This is called outbreeding. These white tiger cubs are not inbred. No inbreeding is required to produce white tigers.

Myth #2 – White tigers are ALL cross-eyed.

    FALSE: White tigers, on average, tend to have no greater or lesser incidence of vision problems than standard color tigers. Crossed eyes are very rare in white and black striped tigers.

Myth #3 – White tigers suffer from a wide range of birth defects

    FALSE: Most white tigers are every bit as healthy as their orange counterparts, if not more so.

Myth #4 – White tigers have a much shorter lifespan than standard tigers.

    FALSE: The average lifespan of wild tigers is generally between eight to twelve years. Captivity lengthens the lives of big cats due to the lack of competition for food as well as the ready availability of medical care.

Myth #5 – White tigers are more dependent on their caretakers due to mental abnormalities.

    FALSE: This is blatant pseudo-scientific misinformation. There is no evidence of any sort – either scientific or otherwise – to support this idea.

Myth #6 – White tigers originate from a single inbred bloodline.

    FALSE: There are now several hundred healthy white tigers that originated from completely separate bloodlines alive and well in the United States today. That translates into approximately 11 generations since Mohan and Mohini. If all private owners had continued to inbreed their tigers as intensively as was done in the early history of Mohan and Mohini, this would be impossible.

Myth #7 – White tigers are a hybrid cross of Siberian and Bengal tigers.

    FALSE: Siberian tigers do not carry the recessive genes that produce white tigers. Bengal tigers carry the recessive genes capable of producing four different color variations. – Standard, Royal White, Snow White and Golden Tabby

Myth #8 – White tigers cannot survive in the wild.

    FALSE: White tigers have been documented in Indian literature dating back to the 15th century. Prized for their unique beauty they were often taken into captivity for breeding in royal menageries.

Myth #9 – Thirty to sixty cats must be destroyed to produce one profitable white tiger.

    FALSE: There is not one shred of evidence to support this claim. In order for these kinds of numbers to work out, there would have to be a breeding group of no less than 300 adult tigers to produce 5 cubs annually. No such large group of tigers exists in the U. S. or any other country.

Myth # 10 – White tigers serve no conservation purpose.

    FALSE: White tigers catch people’s interest with their enormous size and beauty. As animal ambassadors, the have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars used to directly support international grass roots conservation of endangered species.

To make a reservation, please visit http://www.myrtlebeachsafari.com or call 843-361-4552.  2014 season begins March 15!

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