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White Bengal Tiger

White Bengal TigerWhite tigers are very rarely found in the wild. In about 100 yeas only 12 white tigers have been seen in the wild habitats of India. They are almost extinct and most of the ones living are in captivity, mainly in zoos. This specific tiger is neither an albino or a seperate subspecies of the tiger. They are simply white colored and have black stripes that makes them special. It has blue eyes and a pink nose. It also has prestine white colored fur. The white tiger is born to a bengal tiger that has the recessive gene needed for white coloring. A pure white tiger has no stripes and are completely white in color.

Pristine wildness !
The splendid white coat is caused by a double recessive allele in the genetic makeup, and only turns up naturally about once in every 10,000 births. Strangely enough, the Bengal tiger is the only subspecies in which this seems to happen. As magnificent as it may look, life of a white tiger can't be as easy as it looks.

Habitat & Range: Tigers usually dwell in an area from about 10 to 30 square miles where there is enough prey, cover/shelter and water to support them. Territory mainly depends upon the amount of prey which is available. The more concentrated the prey the smaller is the area that a tiger needs to survive.

White Bengal TigerLife span: White tigers in the wild live for about 10 to 15 years while tigers in zoos usually survive 16 and 20 years.

Diet: Tigers do not hunt in social groups like lions. They are usually solitary animals. In the wild, tigers would eat pig, cattle and deer. They can eat as much as 40 pounds of meat at one time! After such a big meal a tiger will not eat again for several days. White Tigers possesss 30 large teeth ranging from 2.5 to 3 inches.

Caring for Young: Tigers are generally prefer staying aloof, except when caring for their young. Tigers keep their young with them for 2 or 3 years until the young tigers can fend for themselves.

Fascinating facts about white tiger:
- The White Tiger is a good swimmer, but a very poor climber.

- They may be slow runners, but they are stealthy enough to catch any prey in their sights.

- Because they are solitary animals, they hunt mostly at night

- White tigers are born to Bengal tigers that carry an unusual gene needed for white coloring.

White Bengal Tiger- The other four sub-species of tiger are Siberian, South China, Indochinese, and Sumataran. There are only approximately 5,000 to 7,400 tigers left in the wild.

Status: At the beginning of this century it is estimated that there were 100,000 wild tigers, today the number is less than 8,000. Simply put, tigers are disappearing in the wild. The main threats to tigers are poaching, habitat loss and population fragmentation.

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