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Tampa Zoo Visitors Getting First Looks At White Tiger Cubs

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- 3497 days ago -
TAMPA - Two cute-as-buttons white tiger cubs born at Lowry Park Zoo in October are venturing into the public, giving morning zoogoers a glimpse -- if they are lucky -- of the rare pair. The 7-week-old cubs were kept behind closed doors until recently, wh

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Patricia M (2)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 3:28 pm
Yes, they are cute -- but aren't all baby animals cute? What isn't so cute is that white tigers in captivity come from inbreeding. They are very rare in the wild (as few as 1 in 10,000 wild tigers) and do not survive to adulthood since white is terrible camouflage. The white coloration comes from a double-recessive gene. To get the white consistently, you HAVE to inbreed. The white tigers the Lowry Park Zoo has come from Savage Kingdom, a private breeding facility in Florida's Sumter County that was shut down by the government last year. Lowry Park didn't want the orange tigers -- just the white ones. White tigers bring in a lot more $$$, but these animals have have NO conservation value. For more info, check out "White Tigers: Fact vs Fiction" from Tampa's Big Cat Rescue:

Blacktiger P (247)
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 5:25 pm
So true Patricia, I also would like to see the end of breeding white tigers. The very fact that they are abnormal should be a clue. Then again the "celebrity status" attitude is hard to break, especially now that they are back in "vogue" in places like Los Vegas.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 27, 2008, 8:53 am
Yes, they are adorable. but, they are wild animals. Wild animals. You know, they belong in the wild. Which we are taking away from them, but still, that is home for them. Not the Tampa Zoo.
Free,free, set them free.
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