Meet Kenny The Down Syndrome Tiger. Kenny is a white tiger that was ‘selectively’ bred in captivity in the United States.
As zoos and exotic pet stores, along with consumers, have increased demand for white tigers, breeders have attempted to recreate the ideal white tiger. With large snout, blue eyes and white fur 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 outstandingly 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.