White tigers are a sub-species of Bengal tigers and not albino or their own species like many people think. White tigers occur after breeding two Bengal tigers with a recessive gene that controls coat color. All white tigers are cross-eyed, whether it shows or not, because the gene that causes the white coat always causes the optic nerve to be wired to the wrong side of the brain.
Habitat & Diet
White tigers can only exist in captivity by continual inbreeding, such as father to daughter, brother to sister, mother to son and so forth, which is really bad for the animals, because it causes deformities and malformations and a weakened immune system.
There is no distinguishable difference in social behavior from a white tiger or an orange tiger.
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- It has been said the entire captive white tiger population originated from one single white tiger and has been inbred ever since.
Status In The Wild
There hasn’t been a sighting of a white tiger in the wild since 1952. While all other tiger species that do exist in the wild are endangered, breeders of white tigers do not contribute to any species survival plan.