Nicaraguan zoo welcomes white tiger newborn

Photos released on Tuesday show a newborn female white tiger named Snow at the National Zoo in Masaya, Nicaragua.

The white tiger is a variant of the orange-and-black Bengal tiger living in the Indian subcontinent. Its coat becomes white or almost white because of leucism, a condition that results in loss of pigmentation in an animal. 

While people are fascinated by leucistic animals because they are highly rare, the genetic peculiarity is a disadvantage for animals living in the wild, especially those that need their colorful camouflage to survive.

According to National Geographic, all white tigers are living in captivity today, and the last wild white tiger spotted was killed in the 1950s. 

(All images via VCG)

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