Exceptional birth of baby white tiger in Nicaraguan zoo

Exceptional birth of baby white tiger in Nicaraguan zoo

Violet Field inPlanetJan 7, 2021 2 min read0 views

Baby, who suffers from health problems, was rejected by his mother and needs to be bottle-fed

The white tiger has not existed in the wild since the 1950s. - Photography-Course-Leice

A small white tigress, named "Nieve" (snow in French) was born last week in the Nicaraguan National Zoo, in Masaya (20 km south-east of Managua, the capital), the director of the Zoo. This birth is the first of this extremely rare species in a Central American zoo. The little tigress, who weighed 954 grams at birth, is rejected by her mother and must be bottle-fed every three hours by the wife of the zoo director, Eduardo Sacasa.

# 6Ene | A white tiger llamado "Nieve" nació en el zoológico de Nicaragua y está siendo criado por humanos después de que su madre lo rechazó.

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Born "with respiratory problems and a mild cold, she is treated with medication," he explains. Nieve comes from a mother and father with the usual yellow and black coat, but the female carries the genes of her grandfather, a white tiger, explained the zoo director.

No cases in the wild since the 1950s

Extremely rare, the white tiger owes its appearance to a natural genetic mutation of the Bengal tiger and has not been seen in the wild since the 1950s in India. Tigers as a whole constitute a species classified as “endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which today estimates their number at 3,800 on the planet compared to 100,000 a century ago.

There are an estimated 300 white tigers in the world. Currently, white tigers are found in zoological parks, especially in the United States, Germany, France, and Mexico.