Ligers are a cross between a tiger and a lion. They are very rare, perhaps approximately 1,000 of them are in the whole world. Even rarer are white ligers which is what will be presented to you here. These are the first white ligers that we know of in the world. Get ready to be blown away by their beauty and rarity.
A white male lion and a female white tiger bred to produce white ligers at the T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There are only 300 white lions in the entire world. White tigers are also extremely scarce with approximately 1,200 of them in the world. Bengal Tigers that are white should not be confused with Siberian Tigers that are naturally white. Bengal White Tigers have a genetic abnormality that causes their skin and fur to lack pigmentation.
The T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary has had success at breeding ligers. In fact, one of their captive-bred ligers named Hercules is the biggest liger in the world. When their white lion Ivory bred with their white tiger named Saraswati, the result was 4 cute white liger cubs.
The 4 Liger Cubs
Yeti, Odlin, Sampson, and Apolo are the names of the white liger cubs. All of them are boys. And just like the unique spellings of their names, the ligers are very unique too. According to Dr. Andle, the founder of T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary, he believes they will grow to be bigger than Hercules. “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,” Dr. Andle said.
As with most families, there is always a talkative one. The most boisterous one in this family is Yeti. The ligers really have to be seen to be appreciated. You can check them out here in this video below. Enjoy!