A big catnap could be on the cards for this gorgeous Big Cat in Singapore Zoo.
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The endangered white tiger is either extinct or practically extinct in the wild and in practice endangered in captivity. This is not a rare sub species of tiger but is a normal black striped orange tiger with the color taken out because of the presence of a recessive gene that when in homozygous form (a pair of these genes) dilutes the back ground color to an off-white and the stripes to charcoal. It is thought that the first mutation (and white tiger) occurred in and around 1900 (src: Wild Cats of the World). This though is speculation surely? As the white tiger is a mutation its extinction or otherwise in the wild is directly linked to the extinction of the orange tiger, which is as we know gradually becoming extinct (there are about 1400 Bengal tigers left in the wild it is thought at June 2009 and it seems less than 4,000 tigers in all although we don’t have accurate figures)
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Singapore Zoo, Singapore.
Canon 400d, 75-300mm lens.
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