Ignorant Plan to Inbreed Tigers and Return them to Semi Wild

One such cyclops cat was documented in a book about Robert Baudy and Savage Kingdom. I have seen many horrible mutations myself but was not allow to photograph them for obvious reasons.

Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, home of last white tiger in wild, Mohan, will be the new experimental home for breeding the unique species of big cat, who will eventually be released into semi-wild habitats.

 

The environment ministry has given in-principle approval for setting up a conservation-breeding centre of white tigers in Govindgarh, Rewa from the genetic material of Mohan, captured in late 1950s.

 

Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh first sighted the male white tiger during his visit to Govindgarh jungle in 1950. After hunting for months, he captured the first living white tiger seen in nature.

For years, Singh with the help from official veterinary experts tried to breed the white tiger with coloured female tigers but failed. But, the year before Mohan died in 1958, Singh succeeded in creating a second generation of white tigers, which has expanded around the world.

 

The white tigers are normally bigger in size than the Royal Bengal tigers but are said to lack the agility of coloured tigers to hunt in the wild. In early 19th century, white tigers were found in Bengal, Bihar and Assam, when total tiger population in India was over 30,000. One out of 10,000 coloured tiger born is white primarily because of mutation of a colouring gene.

 

Mohan was said to be the last white tiger seen in the wild. But, his genetic material has helped retain the endangered sub-species of big cat in captivity.

 

“Almost all of the captive white tigers in North America today have descended from Mohan and are highly inbred. Some white tigers have also been mated with other tiger subspecies, creating what are called hybrid tigers,” said a document on white tigers prepared by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NCTA).

 

The NCTA with the Central Zoo Authority will set up the conservation-breeding centre. The purpose is not only to conserve the dwindling population of white tigers but also to attract tourists.

 

According to officials, fully-grown tigers from zoo would be brought to Rewa for mating. “The cubs would be trained for sustaining in an enclosed forest area,” said a Madhya Pradesh forest department official.

 

The state has been asked to start the groundwork for setting up the centre in captivity.

 

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/MadhyaPradesh/White-tigers-to-get-new-home-in-Rewa/Article1-789860.aspx

 

Obviously the people behind this are ignorant of the fact that the while coat is merely one of the results on inbreeding.  No real scientist or geneticist would support such a reintroduction of inbred and cross bred lineage into viable tiger communities because it would diminish the native tigers chances of survival.  This is just a PR stunt to fool people who are equally ignorant of how abusive it is to continue to breed white tigers.

 

How much did you like this?
  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

You May Also Like

White tigress dies in Chhatbir Zoo

White tigress dies in Chhatbir Zoo Harjeet Singh Posted online: Sunday , Jun 21, ...

Lodi vet asks: Who speaks for San Francisco tiger who was shot and killed?

< ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Lodi vet asks: Who speaks for ...

Video: Michael Jackson’s tigers at California sanctuary

Michael Jackson’s Bengal tigers, Sabu and Thriller, have a new home. They’re the latest ...