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Meet Kenny, An Inbred White Tiger With Down Syndrome

Thanks for asking about Kenny. He has become quite the legend in the years since we had him and since he passed away. Kenny’s date of birth was 4/4/98 and he passed away on 6/28/08 due to cancer. We are not quite sure about the Down Syndrome diagnosis, but I can tell you for certain that Kenny was the result of inbreeding – a tremendous problem with white Bengal Tigers. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was asked to take in Kenny and his brother, Willie, from a breeder in Bentonville, AR, because he could not sell them. Both of the male tigers were rescued by us in October of 2000.

Kenny is a white tiger that was ‘selectively’ inbred while in captivity in the United States. As zoos and exotic pet stores along with consumers have increased the demand for white tigers, breeders have attempted to recreate the ideal white tiger — large snout, blue eyes, white fur — by relying on a limited pool of white tigers that are in captivity.

The result? With such a limited gene pool, white tigers are born with an astoundingly high rate of deformities and health issues. For example, Kenny is mentally retarded, has significant physical limitations, and is considered the first tiger with down syndrome. The pictures, in many ways, speak to the condition that Kenny and other white tigers are in:

This is Kenny, a white tiger with Down syndrome. Submitted by thegooch.

White tigers are rare genetic mutations, not a different species. According to the San Diego Zoo, every American white tiger is descended from a single father. New cubs must be inbred further. For every healthy, valuable cub, it is thought that many are born with ailments like shortened tendons, club foot, kidney problems, malformed backbones, contorted necks, and twisted faces.

Emily McCormack, a zoologist at Turpentine Creek, a refuge in Arkansas that rescues unwanted or abused big cats, has taken in several deformed cubs. “People don’t want these tigers because they don’t look perfect,” she says. “Who’s to say how many have been born with deformities that have been killed instead of rescued?” Activists also campaign against so-called white-tiger-conservation programs, whose very descriptions, says McCormack, are misleading: “They will never be returned to the wild. They don’t really exist in the wild.”

Stop inbreding endangered tigers to produce white cubs for profit. It’s ruining the gene pool of tigers and guarenteeing their extinction.

Videos Of Kenny, The Tiger With Down Syndrome

In the videos below, you can see what the daily life was like for Kenny, the tiger with down syndrome, as he lives his days out at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas:

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