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White tigers themselves aren't that rare. What's rare about King is that he doesn't have any defects, unlike many white tigers in captivity. All captive white tigers descend from one male white Bengal, hence the genetic defects suffered by many.

King-Bengal Tiger, Panthera tigris tigris
June 8, 2009
"Jungala"
Busch Gardens Africa
Tampa Bay, Florida
Edits: border, adjust curves, adjust saturation
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
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Kyuubi0017 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing shot when I took a photo of this guy he was drinkin water XD he rly is beautiful though
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Thanks!
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Kyuubi0017 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's such a shame that people continue to breed them like they do. Should've been titled "Rare" Specimen instead. xP
Nonetheless, a very beautiful photo, and wonderful quality. The two times I went to Busch Gardens, it was really hard to get good pictures of the tigers because the were always running around. xD Is it just me, or does he look sad? Probably just sleepy.
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RoxMad Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
It is really sad how people continue to get away with this.

Yeah, they sure like to play a lot! King had just taken a little nap, so he probably was feeling a bit sleepy. :)

Thanks for the comment!
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is. I've only known about that for three months now. That's why I decided never to go to Busch Gardens after the second time. Even though I adore Bala. :( Worse yet, Animal Planet recently honored a theme park in Australia as "Green Heroes" because they're breeding orange and white tigers (and getting white cubs). Supposedly they're "saving the species". :P

The only good ones I got of any of the white tigers were a few of Lanie and Bala together. But then again, kids were banging on the glass so no wonder they were so worked up. :disbelief:
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RoxMad Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Busch Gardens doesn't breed tigers. Lanie, King, Bala, Bhutan, Jamoki, Jafari, and Khana all came from other places. I'm sure Nepal, Charisse, and Havar did, too. The keepers will tell you about white Bengal inbreeding if you ask them. They have nothing to hide; don't feel guilty about giving your money to those parks. ;)

The tigers at BGA are really active; odds are that they weren't worked up by the kids. I think they are quite used to it.
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's nice to know. :) But I still don't think it looks good to have white tigers on display, even if they did rescue them. They should have some info about that posted somewhere (or do they?).

The second time we went, there was some lady complaining about how she's never seen Bala that worked up before (running around and such), like she was some kind of expert or something. :P Perhaps I haven't gone as many times, but she didn't seem anxious to me. *shrugs* You're probably right.
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RoxMad Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
They can't really rescue the tigers and not put them on display. It's not practical to have two expansive habitats for the tigers; one in view and one hidden. They don't have a post, but they have a video in the "Tiger Lodge" that talks about most of the tigers and it does mention their problems, just not where they came from.

I don't know, there are plenty of people that can recognize an animal, come 5 or 6 times, think they know the animal's personality and get freaked out when it acts differently than the personality they've painted in their head. The truth is, guests don't know the animals; the keepers do. Many guests find this hard to understand (take a look at the multitude of people who believe they understand exactly what Tilikum the orca was thinking, the majority of whom have never seen him in "whale") because the thought of "knowing" a wild animal can really inspire people. The best thing to do is talk to keepers if there is anything that bothers you. Odds are, the lady probably knew very little about tiger behavior in general. What Bala was doing may have been normal for tigers, but not her conception of "Bala." I also know that there are a few tigers there that don't get along and stalk each other at the windows. I didn't know Bala to be one of them, but she can be a spunky girl; I've seen her in training sessions.
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is true, it can be see either way. It could be seen as putting them on display to educate people about their plight, or it can be seen as exploitation. No one can really know. Though having a white tiger emblazoned on all their billboards sends mixed messages. But personally, I think it's highly unlikely that Busch Gardens would have them just to exploit them. They're like most zoos; I honestly don't see zoos as exploiting animals purely for money at the animal's expense. Saying things like "it's torture" is being very obstinate, because clearly whoever says that doesn't know what torture means. I really think zoos and places like Busch Gardens are an excellent place to educate people about the animals they share their world with, and Busch Gardens should really have more than just a video mentioning that in passing. I didn't even notice a video.

I wanted to say something, but I decided not to, since I am no expert either. It's true, you can never really "know" an animal. The same way you can never really "know" a person. Everyone has their quirks, and no one can know you better than yourself. We had a very long discussion in class about this after reading In Cold Blood, but I don't care to bring that back up, as you can imagine. xP

Hm, all this talk makes me feel like writing. I think I'll write a letter to BG and see if I can't get them to put out more information on the cats. If not, it was worth a try.
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