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Black & White

By SteveMoulding    
Just black and white but beautiful.

A white tiger is a tiger with a recessive gene that creates the pale colouration. Another genetic characteristic makes the stripes of the tiger very pale; white tigers of this type are called snow-white or "pure white". White tigers are not albinos and do not constitute a separate subspecies of their own and can breed with orange ones, although (approx.) half of the resulting offspring will be heterozygous for the recessive white gene, and their fur will be orange. The only exception would be if the orange parent was itself already a heterozygous tiger, which would give each cub a 50% chance of being either double-recessive white or heterozygous orange. If two heterozygous tigers, or heterozygotes, breed on average 25% of their offspring will be white, 50% will be heterozygous orange (white gene carriers) and 25% will be homozygous orange, with no white genes. If two white tigers breed, 100% of their cubs will be homozygous white tigers.

Compared to orange tigers without the white gene, white tigers tend to be larger both at birth and at full adult size. This may have given them an advantage in the wild despite their unusual colouration. Heterozygous orange tigers also tend to be larger than other orange tigers.

Dark-striped white individuals are well-documented in the Bengal Tiger subspecies, also known as the Royal Bengal or Indian tiger, (Panthera tigris tigris or P. t. bengalensis), may also have occurred in captive Siberian Tigers (Panthera tigris altaica), and may have been reported historically in several other subspecies. White pelage is most closely associated with the Bengal, or Indian subspecies. Currently, several hundred white tigers are in captivity worldwide with about 100 of them in India, and their numbers are on the increase. The modern population includes both pure Bengals and hybrid Bengal–Siberians, but it is unclear whether the recessive gene for white came only from Bengals, or from any of the Siberian ancestors as well.

Whatever sub-species or parentage the Tigers have they are still beautiful, I hope you agree.

Many thanks for all the C&C's on my uploads everyone is appreciated.
Sorry for only clicking lately but pressures on my time are consuming my days rapidly. I will endeavor to comment as soon as I have more time. Many thanks for your support.

Have a great Easter weekend all.

Tags: Tiger Tenerife White tiger Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Jungle park

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andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2010 3:57PM
two brilliant detailed captures steve v1 for me today nice one Wink

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Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
3 Apr 2010 4:00PM
Two fantastic captures of this beautiful cat Steve.
3 Apr 2010 4:06PM
Two great shots Steve - V1 for me

Rock 17 10 2 England
3 Apr 2010 4:13PM
Wonderful Work.

baxster 12 England
3 Apr 2010 4:14PM
2 great detailed shot,well done.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2010 4:30PM
beautiful set of shots Steve
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2010 5:26PM
Steve have you ever watched the Lion Man (fron NZ)? if you like these as I do, he is the man to watch!!
Both of these images are beautifully presented and well taken
love them
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
3 Apr 2010 6:12PM
Both stunners with V1 just possibly having the edge. Really strong features beautifully captured and conveyed by your lovely images.

3 Apr 2010 6:34PM
Two excellent images, v2 for me, good eye contact.
Great interesting information.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2010 6:56PM
Both are very good.

Vince_S 10 10 England
3 Apr 2010 8:12PM
Two excellent shots V1 for me
Roly 12 Wales
3 Apr 2010 9:01PM
Two great shots.Fab write up too.
goso 13 2 1 Australia
3 Apr 2010 9:57PM
Certainly a lovely animal Steve, and well taken pics...Bill
colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
3 Apr 2010 10:18PM
A wonderul duo here so well captured v1 for me has a slight edge and grand info to go along with it too perfect Colin
4 Apr 2010 5:48AM
Two excellent shots, wonderful detail and great tiger, Stephen. V1 for me.
Regards, Evgenya.
fentiger 18 920 24 England
4 Apr 2010 7:55AM
Happy Easter Steve. Two fine studies of a white tiger and a very informative write-up.

Ray42 11 3 England
4 Apr 2010 8:49AM
Two excellent shots Steve and a great and interesting write up - Happy Easter
BURNSIE 11 25 4 England
4 Apr 2010 11:52AM
Great shots.
Thushari 10 1 Sri Lanka
4 Apr 2010 1:09PM
Two great shots Steve, love V1.
4 Apr 2010 2:20PM
Two very fine shots, Steve, I like them both equally.
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2010 7:37PM
2 cracking shots Steve,and thanks for info.
fatmod 13 22 England
4 Apr 2010 9:57PM
2 superb images
4 Apr 2010 10:12PM
Fantastic details.
OAKEY 11 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2010 10:14PM
Two super images steve of this super BIG cat lol.
Love V1, a beautiful animal! Smile
Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 8:20PM
Good detailed shots Steve - they have beautiful eyes - Ina
Techno Plus
11 4.2k 8 England
5 Apr 2010 9:36PM
Two excellent images and a terrific write up.
Cor 10 Belgium
7 Apr 2010 7:04PM
2 beautys!
gerrymac 12 10 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 7:52PM
2 cracking images

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