Plush White Tiger
Due to their white coloration, these tigers are very popular zoo attractions and often are responsible for getting visitors to come out just to see them. While some may not have a fondness for animals in zoos, sometimes it seems to be the only way to protect a species, especially tigers. If you're lucky enough to see one of these tigers in a zoo, you can be certain that it's a descendant of a white tiger named Mohan. After his mother was killed in India in 1951, the lone cub was found and captured. Later on in his life, he was bred to a standard colored tiger. The family tree moved on from there.
These tigers have become increasingly famous in recent years as they were once used in magicians Siegfried & Roy's Las Vegas stage performances; they referred to them as "royal white tigers". You can be certain that the sale of white plush tigers increased after visits to their show.
One might think that because of their unique white coat and black/brown stripes, white Siberian tigers are somehow different from the standard orange and black ones. That is simply not the case. They are different in appearance only and are identical in every other way to what we think as a 'normal' colored tiger. These tigers get their unusual coloring from a recessive gene that gives them their pale fur. They also have a pink nose, pink pads on the bottom of their paws, and blue eyes. These interesting facts are just a few of many that can be passed on to a child (or an adult) that is lucky enough to become the recipient of a plush white tiger.
Like all tigers in the wild, the white Siberian tiger is an endangered cat. It has been reported that in the last 100 years, less than a dozen white tigers have been spotted in India, though still others claim there are close to 500 in the wild. In order to draw attention to their plight, why not consider purchasing a white plush tiger over an orange and black one, the next time you're in the market for a stuffed animal? There is of course, the cuddle factor to consider as well. While the real thing looks especially 'cuddable', so is true of the plush variety. A white plush tiger is also an unusual addition to any child's collection of stuffed toys; like the real animal, a plush white tiger is not one we expect to see amongst a plethora of plush.