White tigers are extremely rare to be found, and not to be confused with Siberian tigers which are white, these are Bengal tigers, with a genetic abnormality which causes them to be white. Though this abnormality is caused naturally, there are only about 1,200 of them in the world. However, white lions are even rarer. White lions have a similar genetic abnormality, which causes their light skin and fur pigmentations, and however, there are only 300 white lions in the world. At the T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, two of these rare, magnificent creatures, a male white lion and a female white tiger fell in love.
You may or may not have heard of a liger. When a lion and a tiger breed, their offspring is known as a liger. Ligers are also incredibly rare; mostly since lions and tigers come across one another is in captivity. There are only about 1,000 known ligers in the world, and most are in captivity. However, the T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary believes that they have bred the world’s first white ligers, and are expected to grow whiter as they grow older.
T.I.G.E.R. has a history of breeding ligers, and includes the world-record holding Hercules, known to be the biggest liger in the world. But now however, since Saraswati the white tiger and Ivory, the white lion, have given birth to 4 adorable white liger cubs, his popularity may be at risk.
These little fur balls are called Yeti, Odlin, Sampson and Apolo, and no, we don’t know why they’re spelled like that either. Not only are they the most adorable little liger cubs EVER, they are also believed to be the first ever white ligers! Dr. Andle, a founder of T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary, believes them to grow to be bigger than Hercules. He says “I skip a day seeing them and it looks like they’ve doubled in size. It’s like someone’s blowing them up with a tire pump.” Out of the litter, Yeti is the most boisterous and center of attention, so keep your eyes peeled for more news of him!