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The white Bengal tiger is on the way to extinction. Single they exist something but of 200 specimen at world-wide level. The female of the photography, is in the Zoo of Buenos Aires and in November of 2003 it had 6 puppies. In the total of 4 childbirths until now, it has had 16 young of the species.

The white tigers are not albinos. The albinism is a genetic mutation in which the individuals lack melanina completely, the substance that pigments the skin of the mammals of dark color. But the white tiger is not a case of albinism, it can see itself in the color of its rays. If they were albinos would have the eyes of pink color and they would not have rays, that is to say, total absence of melanina.

In fact the white tigers are a variety of the tiger of Bengal that is original of Rewa, a central province in India. The showy aspect of bred the white tigers motivated the one that were maintained and in captivity; in fact the three fourth parts of the white tigers that exist find in zoological. The variety of white tiger corresponds to a recesivo gene that stays in the DNA of some individuals and that possibly activates. Therefore a white tiger can come from two tigers orange, while both Parents have the corresponding gene.

(Translation of Babel Fish)

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