The White Bengal Tiger

The White Bengal Tiger

It’s believed that only 2500 Bengal tigers exist in the wild throughout the world today. With only 1 in every 10,000 births resulting in the unique pigmentation that produces a white Bengal tiger, the species as a whole is endangered. The white tiger is not a sub-species of the Bengal tiger, but is considered the same species. A white tiger is born when the recessive genes of the parents get together and create a loss of pigmentation in the fur. Bengal tigers in the wild are threatened by poaching and loss of habitat that eliminates their traditional prey.

Here’s a lovely 3-minute video of a Florida woman who keeps and cares for a White Bengal Tiger and a regular Bengal tiger in a cage on her property. Here’s a 1-minute video of newborn white tigers in Yalta, Crimea. This 4-minute video features wonderful footage of the White Bengal Tiger. Tucked in the middle is a footage of snub-nosed, ‘bull-dog-face’, defective white tiger, believed to be a result of in-breeding.

FunFacts about The White Bengal Tiger: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The white tiger or bleached tiger is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Bihar in the Sunderbans region and especially in the former State of Rewa. Such a tiger has the black stripes typical of the Bengal tiger, but carries a white or near-white coat. (Source)
  • The white coloration of the fur lacks a pigmentation called pheomelanin.
  • The White Bengal Tiger tends to grow faster and heavier than the Bengal tiger.
  • White Bengal tigers are bigger at birth then the Bengal tiger.
  • The stripes of the white Bengal tiger, like the Bengal tiger, differ with every tiger like fingerprints in humans. No two overall patterns are identical.
  • The pattern of the stripes can also be seen on the skin of the animal. If completely shaved, the stripes would be evident on the skin.
  • For a male and female tiger pair to produce a white tiger, each must carry the white pigmentation gene.
  • White tigers occur naturally in every 10,000 births.
  • When stressed or confused, all white tigers cross their eyes. But crossed-eyes can be a permanent defect in some white tigers. This same ‘visual pathway’ deficiency can be found in Siamese cats also prone to have cross-eyes.
  • In-breeding of white tigers in captivity has resulted in a number of defects like star-gazing, where the head and neck are raised almost straight up. Others include club foot, kidney problems, snub noses, and reduced fertility. 

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White tiger cub in the ZOO. Deposit Photos.

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42 thoughts on “The White Bengal Tiger

  1. Oh, the white Bengal tigers are unbelievably beautiful. The pup is the cutest tiger of any tiger that I have ever seen. I wish that they will not disappear but without better laws and a change in the belief that people should have all the lands they want Bengals may someday go the way of the dodo, Wonderful photos!

  2. They are beautiful; I would love to be able to pet one. It’s hard to know they would rather eat me! My house kitty loves roll around and show her belly for love

  3. So beautiful.! I have this deep seated . urge to pet the animals. At Myrtle Beach you can have your photo taken with cubs but at $150 a person it’s too expensive for me. The tiger with the bull dog nose is cute. Hopefully it doesn’t cause many problems for it. I just love all of the big cats.

  4. The beauty and grace of these majestic creatures is only surpassed by the tragedy of their existence since humans became the dominant species on earth.

    Drea
    Casa Grande, AZ

  5. The photos are all beautiful. I do like the cub best. No, I have never seen one, though. I learn so much through all of your pictures and posts. Thanks for all of them.

    Tari from Tampa, Florida area

  6. I love cats of all sizes. The white Bengals are very elegant looking and the babies are too too cute. Who wouldn’t love to have one, BUT they BELONG in the WILD!!!

  7. Loved the videos, especially with the tiger cubs-so adorable. I haven’t seen a white tiger but both species are beautiful. AZ

  8. There is only one word I can think of to describe these white Bengal tigers and that is magnificent! Tigers are my favorite of the big cats, the orange and black ones striped ones are beautiful in their own right but there’s something so dramatic looking about the white Bengal. I can only hope that this species Will survive for the enjoyment of future generations.

  9. White tigers have always been one of my favorite animals. It’s interesting that they’re bigger at birth than regular Bengal tigers.

  10. I visited the MIrage in Las Vegas just to see the white tigers. I adore tigers anyway, but these have a special place in my heart. Thank you for another informative article and beautiful pictures.

  11. Gorgeous. I love Bengal Tigers but the white one are so pretty. Our University (LSU) mascot is the Bengal Tiger. They have one on the grounds at the school and he is beautiful and so playful. Loved the videos and pictures.

    • Kind of scary putting your hand in their mouths and laying around with them. My daughters cat is loving and he will snuggle with you however, he will suddenly bite you. So the tigers may do the same.

  12. Love the beautiful pictures of the White Begal Tigers and the cubs are precious did not know that they are dangerously endangered

  13. Love the big cats! My favorite photo is the cub…something really special about babies. Hope they can be saved. Last time I saw a white tiger was in Las Vegas years ago. I’m from Los Angeles CA

  14. I’m from central Florida! I’ve only seen a Bengal tiger at Busch Gardens but they are so BEAUTIFUL and MAJESTIC!! I love the picture of the cub. So adorable!

  15. I saw the white tigers which were housed at the Mirage back when Siegfried and Roy had a show. I was at a taping for a show which was televised, but I’m not sure they had the tigers on stage for that. They had a special viewing area inside the the hotel/casino. I remember they were agitated because there was a bad storm.

    denise from maryland

  16. Love the white tigers. They are so beautiful and regal. The information you give us on everything you post is very enlightening and informative. Thank you and I love reading all your books. Keep up the great work!

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