It would be extremely troublesome for a lot of people to instantly recognize “Kenny Rogers” as a tiger because of the massive face, short nose and the undeniable dental irregularities he inherited. Kenny was rescued with his sibling, Willie, who was born with crossed eyes.
Numerous misconceptions exist about white tigers. White tigers are frequently regarded to be endangered species by zookeepers, entertainers and breeders. However, you might be surprised to learn that are technically not even a natural species, they are not endangered nor have they ever been in the wild at one point in their lifetime.
As a way for getting the double recessive gene that is responsible of making tigers’ coat white, countless generations of inbreeding have been produced. The original white tiger is the real parent of most of the white tigers we have today, which are the result of this uncontrolled act of inbreeding concocted by humans. With many years of careless inbreeding, the population of tigers has been strikingly damaged. Kenny’s existence came as a consequence of inbreeding parents whom are believed to be likely siblings of the same family. He was living in filth at a private breeder in Arkansas, but because of his obvious distortions the breeder was not going to be able to sell him. They decided to call Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to essentially make space for another litter of mutated cats.
Kenny died at the age of ten, around half the lifespan of a typical captive tiger. While some media outlets have mistakenly reported that Kenny had Down syndrome, the cause of his disease is still unclear. Due to a long history of inbreeding, Kenny most likely appears the way he does and died when he did.
Inbreeding poses numerous medical threats. One medical complication results in the offspring being cross-eyed. All white tigers are known to possess this unfortunate trait. Whether it is physically obvious or not, they all have crossed optic nerves. Spinal irregularities and kidney issues that are commonly associated with this human made breed cause their lives to be shortened compared to other tigers.
Other health issues that emerge within the captive-bred white tiger populations include shortened legs, club feet, organ problems, and reduced fertility. Vascular ring abnormalities in the throat and stomach have also been reported among these animals. This irregularity severely impairs their ability to swallow and digest food, and usually requires an operation for treatment and survival.
Pure white tigers are an extreme case of captive abuse. Statistics have demonstrated that the possibility of getting a normal white cub with no physical abnormalities is 1 in 30.
Unfortunately, buyers of white tigers keep the demand where it is and as long as long as they’re buying, the breeders will keep breeding. The ugly truth about the origin of white tigers needs to be exposed and this malpractice must end once and for all.