Saturday, August 4, 2012

Golden Tabby Tiger

Golden Tabby Tiger

Well, now, it's about the Golden Tabby!!!

Golden Tabby tiger also called Strawberry tiger. While no official name has been designated for the color, it is sometimes referred to as the strawberry tiger due to the strawberry blonde coloration. The golden tiger's white coat and gold patches make it stand out from the norm. Their striping is much paler than usual and may fade into spots or large prominent patches. Golden tigers also tend to be larger and, due to the effect of the gene on the hair shaft, have softer fur than their orange relatives.

Like their white cousins, all golden tabby tigers have mainly Bengal parentage, but are genetically polluted with the genes of the Amur tiger via a part-Amur white tiger called Tony, who is a common ancestor of almost all white tigers in North America. The suggestion that this coloration is caused through the deliberate breeding of Amur tigers with Bengal tigers is a popular myth founded on this fact. All golden tigers appear traceable to one of Tony's male descendants, Bhim.

Golden Tabby

Location: Very unlikely that this mutation would occur in the wild anymore, so the only ones living are believed to be in captivity

Habitat: Captivity

Diet: Carnivorous

Description: Pale orange-brown base colour with white underbelly, inner legs and patches to the face. All black markings and stripes are replaced by darker orange or brown and the fur is softer and thicker

Golden tabby
Facts: Golden Tigers almost all share the same ancestor, a tiger called Bhim who incidentally is the son of Tony (the ancestor to nearly all of North America's White Tigers). In the early 20th Century there were reports of wild Golden Tigers being shot in India. If normal orange tigers receives the recessive gene (the wide band gene) from each parent it will become a Tabby, if a White Tiger receives it from both parents they will become a Snow White Tiger. The Golden Tabby is due to inbreeding and gene pollution, it's scientific mutation is known as Erythrism.

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