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The White Tiger is not a specific subspecies of tiger, but rather consists of individual tigers with a genetic condition that nearly eliminates pigment in the normally orange fur ... although the White Tigers still have dark stripes. This happens when a tiger inherits two copies of the recessive gene for the paler coloration which cause a pink nose, grey-mottled skin, ice-blue eyes, and white to cream-colored fur with black, grey, or chocolate-colored stripes. Since this is a recessive gene, both parents must either be White Tigers or carry that recessive gene in order to produce this variation in their offspring. It's been noted that White Tigers seem to be larger in size and often more vigorous both at birth and as fully matured adults. White Tigers have most often occurred within the Bengal (or Indian) tiger subspecies; they have also been reported within the Siberian tiger subspecies.
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