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are individual specimens of the ordinary tiger, with a genetic
condition that causes paler colouration of the normally orange
fur (they still have black stripes). The condition is well-documented
in the Bengal Tiger subspecies, may also have occurred in captive
Siberian Tigers, and may have been reported historically in several
other subspecies. White pelage is most closely associated with
the Bengal, or Indian subspecies.
white individuals do not constitute a separate subspecies on their
own. They have pink noses, white to cream-coloured fur, and black,
grey or chocolate-coloured stripes, grey mottled skin, and ice
blue eyes. White tigers tend to be born larger and attain larger
than average adult sizes than orange tigers which do not carry
the white gene. This may have given them an advantage in the wild.
White gene carriers, or heterozygotes, also tend to be larger
than average in size. Another genetic condition makes the
stripes of the tiger very pale. White tigers with this condition
are called snow-white.
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