SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: Two white tiger cubs were born here last month, the first such tigers to be born in captivity at the Zoobic Safari, an animal theme park based here.
The tiger cubs, named Titan and Apollo, are both males and were born March 16 at the park’s veterinary clinic.
Both cubs are in good health, according to veterinarian Dr. Cherique Favor-Smith.
The newborn tiger cubs are part of a pack that consists of only three other adult white tigers.
Zoobic Safari has more than 40 Bengal tigers and only five are white.
Smith said white tigers are usually born in captivity and the color of their fur is not an abnormality.
She added that both Titan and Apollo are products of inbreeding.
Their parents are named Icy and Snowy.
The other white tiger in the pack is named Mate and was donated by a Prince from the United Arab Emirates.
The white tiger is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Sunderbans, and especially in the former State of Rewa.
White Bengal tigers are distinctive due to the color of their fur, which is caused by the lack of the pigment pheomelanin, that gives the orange fur color of the Bengal tigers.
Compared to the ordinary Bengal tigers, white Bengals tend to be somewhat bigger at birth and as fully grown adults, grow faster and heavier.
Animal experts consider white Bengal tigers to be fully grown when they are two to three years of age.
White male tigers reach weights of 200 to 230 kilograms and can grow up to three meters long.
Like all tigers, white Bengal tigers’ stripes are like fingerprints, with no two tigers having the same pattern.
The stripes of the tiger are a pigmentation of the skin and if one is to be shaved, its distinctive coat pattern would still be visible.