came here to tell u that that snow white tiger is very fucking inbred. bred by people who want to make easy money by drawing an audience that’s strangely attracted to unusual, or in worse cases, ~rare~ white tigers. why worse? calling a certain type of animal (white/golden tabby/snow white tigers in this case, but also white lions and king cheetahs) rare creates this false sense of… how should i say it…
it makes people think that breeding them is good because hey! they are saving them from the brinks of extinction, right?
wrong. not only would it actually be a huge big great happy news if all color mutated tigers went ”extinct”, it’s simply that these animals cannot get extinct. why? they’re not their own species/subspecies.
the color of their coats is caused by a double recessive gene, which means that in order to get a white/golden tabby/what the fuck ever tiger, you have to inbreed them. which means, father x daughter. mother x son. brother x sister. by narrowing the gene pool like this, you’re allowing harmful genes to do their thing because after a while, there simply isn’t a healthy gene to repress them (if my biology classes don’t fail on me). so what happens then? the resulting animal gets a loooong list of health issues, like strabismus (corss eye), cleft palate, poor immune system, mental impairments, you fucking name it. these are al very, but very painful to live with. so in short:
these animals are being bred by people who care literally not about their welfare. even if it means that their animals are being sentenced to a life filled with pain, they do not care. as long as they’re able to make money off of them through an audience that’s tricked into thinking they actually help conversation efforts by petting them as cubs and then later view them at fares, roadside zoos and other exploitative facilities. this audience actually believes that white tigers are siberian tigers.
for the love of god, google panthera tigris altaica and see how actual siberian tigers actually look like. everywhere else, it’s p obvious that a white coat would be a huge disadvantage. oh, and about conservation efforts… breeding white tigers is not only cruel towards the individual animals, but it also greatly damages the conservation efforts that these animals so desperately need right now. there are only about 3600 tigers left in the wild. experts have given them 20 years til extinction. and therefore tigers really cannot afford being inbred or end up in private hands rn. every genetically pure individual should be responsibly bred through a breeding plan (like the SSP or the EEP) by an accredited facility to boost the numbers of tigers everywhere and to drag them away from the brinks of extinction. they should NOT be bred for your aesthetic tastes, especially if it means sentencing the animal to a life with pain.
and yes, glorifying these animals contributes to this issue, whether that be indirect or not. so cat-pic , please don’t do this ever again.