World's Rarest And Most Unusual Tigers

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The tiger is one of the most popular animals in the world.. It is the largest cat and is endemic to Asia. Tigers

can attain four meters or 13 ft in total length and can weigh up to 384 kilograms or 847 pounds.

Maltese Tiger

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The unique Maltese Tiger is the rarest tiger in the world. It is also known as Blue Tiger and had been reported

mostly from the Fujian Province of China. It is said to have bluish fur with dark grey stripes. The term Maltese

comes from domestic cat terminology for blue fur and refers to the slate grey coloration.

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Most of the Maltese Tigers that have been reported belong to South Chinese subspecies. Existence of Blue

Tigers has also been reported from Myanmar and South Korea.

Heterozygous Golden Tiger

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The unique Heterozygous Golden Tiger is the world’s second rarest tiger, next to the Maltese Tiger. A

Heterozygous Golden Tiger looks identical to other golden tigers. However, they differ in one important way;

a heterozygous golden tiger carries the recessive gene for a white coat.

Golden Tabby Tiger

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The very unusual Golden Tabby Tiger is sometimes known as Strawberry Tiger has light gold fur, pale legs and

faint orange stripes. Its fur tends to be much thicker than normal. There are extremely few Golden Tabby Tigers

in captivity, around 30 in all.

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A Golden Tabby Tiger is one with an extremely rare color variation caused by a recessive gene and is currently

only found in captive tigers. It is a color form and not a separate species. These tigers tend to be larger and all

Golden Tabby Tigers have mainly Bengal parentage like their cousins -the White Tigers.

White Tiger

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The White Tiger is a very rare animal in the wild but widely breed in zoos for its popularity. It is one of the

handsomest and most attractive animals in the world. It is distinct not only because of its white hue but also

for its blue eyes and pink nose. A White Tiger generally do not live as long as its orange counterparts.

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It should be noted that White Tigers are not albinos despite the fact that pigment is evident in the tiger’s stripes.

A White Tiger can only occur when both parents carry the rare gene found in White Tigers; this gene has been

calculated to occur in only one in every 10,000 births. The white tiger is not a separate sub-species, but only a

color variation; since the only White Tigers that have been observed in the wild have been Bengal Tigers. All

White Tigers in captivity are at least part Bengal.


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The unusual and rare Liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress. It is distinct from the similar hybrid

Tigon. The Liger is the largest of all cats and extant felines.

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Imprinted genes may be a factor contributing to huge Liger size. These are genes that may or may not be

expressed on the parent they are inherited from, and that occasionally play a role in issues of hybrid growth.


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The peculiar and scarce Tigon or Tigron is a hybrid cross between a male tiger and a lioness. Tigons were more

common than ligers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, ligers are more common.

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A Tigon can weigh up to 180 kg or 400 pounds. It usually exhibit characteristics of both parents: they can have both spots from the mother and stripes from the father. Any mane that a male Tigon may have will appear shorter and less noticeable than a lion’s mane and is closer in type to the ruff of a male tiger.

Black Tiger

A Black Tiger is a rare color variant of the tiger and is not a distinct species. There are unconfirmed reports and

one painting of pure black non-striped tigers but no physical evidence.  The Black Tiger was also long considered

mythical, but several pelts haveproven that pseudo-melanistic or hypermelanic tigers do exist. They are not wholly

black, but have dense, wide stripes that partially obscure the orange background color.

Black and White Tiger

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One of the most intriguing, interesting and captivating tigers that I encountered on the internet is the Black and

White Tiger. I am considering it as one of the handsomest tiger if not the handsomest in existence.

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