White tigers in Bhopal’s Van Vihar National Park
28 Apr 2009, 1909 hrs IST, ANI
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BHOPAL: A pair of white tigers have been transported to the Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal.
Often termed as the pride of Bhopal, Van Vihar is home to a number of animals, including the white tiger, the panther and the lion.
The tigers have come from the Nandankanan National Park of Orissa under an Animal Exchange Programme of Central Zoo Authority (CZA). In return, a yellow tigress and a pair of jackals have been sent to the Nandankanan.
“There was no tiger in the Van Vihar after the death of a tigress named ‘Rini’ in September 2008. The 18-year old white cat died of cancer a few months ago. Since white cats were the main attraction of the zoological garden, visitors urged us to bring white tigers to the zoo,” said S S Rajput, director, Van Vihar National Park.
White tigers get their colour, including blue eyes and chocolate stripes, through an unusual genetic condition and are sometimes bred intentionally as exotic zoo animals despite the risk of birth defects.