Saber is a great example of how beautiful white tigers can be, but also how detrimental the inbreeding that produces them, causes harmful birth defects to the tiger. Due to inbreeding, Saber is cross eyed, limiting his sight. Saber seems to always be happy, he enjoys getting enrichment and lounging with Shenandoah, his enclosure mate. Saber especially loves water! He is always playing in his water dish!
How Saber Came to the Sanctuary
Saber came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with his enclosure mate Shenandoah and 14 other animals from a facility out in west. This facility was closed down due when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.
Saber is a very personable and silly tiger who doesn't seem to have a care in the world. He is very playful and loves to mess with Shenandoah. He is not always eager to come up and visit tours but he doesn't hide from them either. He likes to take things on his own time.
Saber certainly sticks out because he is white. He has dark stripes and striking blue eyes, that are noticeably crossed, which all white tigers are born with. When Saber yawns or opens his mouth it is also obvious that his teeth were filed, which is a common practice in cub petting.
Saber lives in Pine Forest with his enclosure mate Shenandoah, next to Mona and Moki Tigers.
As beautiful as white tigers are, they are not a sub species of tigers. The white gene comes from a recessive mutated gene that both parents must have for the offspring to have the potential of being white. White tigers have long history in captivity and that history is that they are all inbred and all relatives of one another. Due to the years of inbreeding white tigers are born cross eyed with a plethora of other deformities including deafness, scoliosis, and epilepsy. When a breeder if breeding for a white tiger, whether it be for cub petting, entertainment, or a roadside attraction, only 1 in every 30 is "show worthy". The question then becomes, what happens to the other 29? Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, directly or indirectly facilities or entertainment venues that breed for white tigers.