Turpentine Creek Wildlife Reserve

Face of the day

Inbred White Tiger Kenny

Inbred White Tiger Kenny

Today’s face of the day is going to blow your mind. Well it blew my mind anyway. Miss Whaleoil told me about a White tiger with Down’s Syndrome and I thought surely not. I found one article that claimed he had Down’s Syndrome and then another more scientific one that had another explanation. He apparently died in 2008.

Kenny is a white tiger that was ?selectively? inbred while in captivity in the United States. As zoos and exotic pet stores along with consumers have increased the demand for white tigers, breeders have attempted to recreate the ideal white tiger ? large snout, blue eyes, white fur ? by relying on a limited pool of white tigers that are in captivity.

The result? With such a limited gene pool, white tigers are born with an astoundingly high rate of deformities and health issues. For example, Kenny is mentally retarded, has significant physical limitations, and is considered the first tiger with down syndrome. The pictures, in many ways, speak to the condition that Kenny and other white tigers are in.

–pbh2.com

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