Almos White Tiger cub
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|White tiger cubs are not albino contrary to popular belief. The color white is due a recessive gene which eliminiates the common orange color but retains the dark stripes. The white tigers were bred by the Maharaja of Rewa India and there are at least a hundred of them in captivity.The Maharaja is reputed to have shot a white tiger after which he decided to have one in captivity for breeding purposes. The father of most white tigers in captivity is Mohan and these days most of the white tigers are his progeny. Seigfried and Roy performers in Las Vegas America reared them as cubs and made them popular in the United states. The white tigers are usually bigger than their orange colored cousins and they do have blue eyes at birth. They can mate with other tigers and the chances of having white cubs follow the rules of Mendelian inheritance of the recessive genes.The cub has to inherit two copies of the recessive gene to get the pink nose,mottled grey skin, white to creamy colored fur, and chocolate colored stripes. The genus is the same Panthera tigris.|
This particular cub is sharpening his teeth on the bamboo stalk and you can see the marks of his teeth on it. I did have the oppurtunity to handle him briefly courtesy of the zoo staff. In my excitement I forgot to register the speed and aperture. Thanks for visiting and please offer comments and critique.
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- [2008-04-24 19:48]
Great capture of the white tiger. Every time I see one of these guys they're sleeping. I like the way you focused on the tigers face with the rest of the shot a little blurred behind him. Great capture.
I've never seen a white tiger before. This is an interesting shot, captured while the cat is eating...bamboo? Could it be a vegetarian tiger? :-)
Good focus on the face, good composition.