Say Hello To Kenny The Inbred White Tiger With Down Syndrome

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It’s time to take a short break from work and take five minutes of to say hello to Kenny the inbred white tiger with down syndrome.

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Kenny is a white tiger that was ‘selectively’ inbred while in captivity in the United States. As zoos and exotic pet stores have increased the demand for white tigers, breeders have attempted to recreate the ideal white tiger — large snout, blue eyes, white fur — by relying on a limited pool of white tigers that are in captivity.

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The result? With such a limited gene pool, white tigers are born with an astoundingly 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 for themselves to the condition that Kenny is in:
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If you would like to meet Kenny you can see what his daily life and help support his cause by visiting him. He lives at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge base at Eureka Springs in Arkansas.
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Say Hello To Kenny The Inbred White Tiger With Down Syndrome

Source: Live Leak

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