White, mustachioed, striped

Text and photos: Olesya Kutukova

ONCE ONCE TWENTY YEARS A TIGER YEAR COMES TO US ON THE EASTERN CALENDAR. USUALLY IT IS ALWAYS DIFFERENT - GREEN WOODEN, RED FIRE, YELLOW EARTH, BLUE WATER OR WHITE METAL, WHICH HAPPENED FOR 2010. IF YOU WANT TO “MEET THE TIGER” NOT ONLY ON NEW YEAR EAST, GO TO INDIA OR VIETNAM, LAOS, THAILAND, CHINA OR RUSSIA. BENGALIAN, INDOKITAI, MALAYA, SOUTH-CHINESE, SUMATRANIAN AND AMURSKY TIGERS Dwell HERE. RUSSIA AND THE PRIME MINISTER VLADIMIR PUTIN HAVE PROTECTED THE LAST IN 2011, CALLING ON THE WORLD PUBLIC TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THIS UNIQUE VIEW. MANY NON-INDIFFERENT PEOPLE WORLDWIDE SUPPORTED ITS PRESERVATION INITIATIVES. HERE BALIAN, JAVANIAN AND CASPIAN TIGERS WE WILL ALWAYS SEE NEVER. ALAS! THEY ALL DIED OUT ... AND WHAT ARE THE WHITE TIGERS? IN THE FATE OF THESE “STRIPES,” MYTHS, AND LEGENDS, AND A HAPPY CASE, AND REALITY MOVED.

Of the White Tiger myths

There are many legends about white tigers around the world. Here are just a few of them.

“The philosopher Confucius was born so ugly that his parents left him to die on the mountain, because they thought that they didn’t need him. But the white tiger found the baby and saved his life” ...

"One young lumberjack went into the forest to chop wood for sale. There he saw that a fallen old tree crushed a tiger. It was a white tiger. At first, the guy wanted to kill a predator, but struck by its unusual color and beauty, he decided to spare. The lumberjack decidedly cut the trunk of a tree and freed a seriously wounded tiger. Driven by compassion, he began to look after the beast. When Bday-Hu, so called the tiger lord, recovered, he decided to thank his savior. The white tiger, using his power among his subjects, managed to force himself lord of the local principality marry his only daughter for a simple woodcutter. Subsequently, the woodcutter had inherited the throne and he became the ruler, but the rest of his life saved thanks white tiger "...

“Oh, what nonsense!” Thought Min Lee, a wandering monk, when in 1394 he read the contents of the old scroll he had found. It contained the predictions of a Tibetan astrologer. And it was said there that after a few centuries stupidity and indifference will rule the world. People will destroy the world around them, and only the White Tiger can bring them luck and save the world.

The prediction said that "all people will be divided into three groups: some will destroy everything around, cutting down forests, destroying animals, poisoning rivers. These are the biggest fools, because they don’t think how their children will live. The second group - those who lives without hesitation. They are good people, but their inaction is destructive for the world. And only a small group of people will start to fight everything that is around. And they can save the world only under one condition, if they unite and help the White Tiger come to Earth that brings luck, and it was also said that people They must decide for themselves who will feed the tiger, who will protect his peace, and who will keep his house. And of course, heroes will be needed. They will unite all around whom this world is still dear. "

No one knows exactly what happened next. According to some reports, Min Li threw the package into the abyss and went on. Others say that he founded the "Tiger of Fortune - Savior of the World" movement, which still exists ... "

National treasure

As soon as humanity learned about the existence of white tigers, it immediately enveloped them in a veil of secrecy. These majestic animals were feared and idolized.

So, in Kyrgyzstan, they still believe that a white tiger can protect a person from dangers. In their ritual dances, local shamans since ancient times offered prayers to the White Tiger Spirit and asked him for happiness and a good harvest.

In China, the white tiger is the personification of protection, longevity and guardian of the dead. He was portrayed at the gates of temples, believing that he drives away evil demons. White tiger statues were even present at Chinese graves. So, in 1987, in the graves of the Chinese province of Henan, an image of a white tiger was discovered, whose age is about 6000 years. The tiger mascot was made of shells and was found next to the body of the deceased. This was the earliest appearance of a white tiger in the form of a mascot.

With great respect for the tigers of the white color Indians belonged. They had no doubt that, having seen a white tiger, a man would be gifted with eternal happiness and wealth.

The story of white tigers in India unfolds in May 1951, when the Maharaja of Reva went hunting and stumbled upon a tiger den, which had four tiger cubs. One of them was white. The ruler ordered the killing of three ordinary cubs, and took the cub with an unusual color to the palace. The white tiger, named Mohan, lived in the palace for 12 years. This predator delighted others with its beauty and nobility. The Maharaja of Reva was proud that he had such a beautiful beast, and he wanted to have more of them. And now a noticeably grown tiger, brought with the usual tigress. She periodically brought tiger cubs, but, alas, they were all red. Then Mohan was brought together with his own daughter, that is, they made a closely related crossing, which although weakens the vitality of the descendants, but fixes the necessary genetic signs. The result was not long in coming: in November 1958, two white lumps were found in a litter among red lumps (according to other sources, one was white).

Soon, the number of these animals in the palace of Maharaja began to grow so rapidly that even the ruler was unable to contain such a large group of tigers. Then the big cats started selling. And, despite the fact that white tigers were recognized as a national treasure of India, some tigers were sold outside the country. After some time, big cats appeared in the UK, at the Bristol Zoo and in the US National Park in Washington. So spectacular white cats began their journey around the world.

Where are the white tigers found?

White tigers are naturally white in color, but are not albinos. They have blue eyes and brown stripes on the hair. Such a rare color of animals is explained by a low melanin content - this enzyme is responsible for the color intensity. The frequency of occurrence of white tigers in the world is 1 individual per 10,000 with normal color. I must say that in nature there are real albino tigers, whose color is pure white and eyes are red. A case is known when two albino tigers were killed in India in 1922. At one time, albino tigers also met in South Korea until they were exterminated. The white tiger is a very rare beast.

Most white tigers live in zoos, and only a few are found in the wild. Under natural conditions, the white tiger is more difficult to survive, since during the hunt it gives out a color. White tigers live less than ordinary ones because they have rather fragile health. Some people think that the birthplace of these animals is Siberia, and the white color is camouflage in snowy conditions (by the way, during the mutation, Siberian tigers can change color). However, this is not so, in fact, white tigers come from India.

Cat house

Blue sky, bright greenery, pink flamingos, birdsong and cries of monkeys. But, I'm in a hurry. White flags with a black stripe invisibly flutter along the path, and it seems that the tiger face is smiling ...

... With these then three-month-old white cubs, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum gave the names Sugar and La Spezia. And then the sheikh decided to send the kids to the zoo, where white tigers will be able to surprise people with their beauty and receive excellent care.

Hundreds of people attended the opening ceremony of the tiger enclosure at the Al Ain Zoo. The large and very green territory of this park for animals and their lovers, as well as the large and comfortable enclosures for its inhabitants, have become its hallmark. Today, Al Ain Zoo boasts one of the largest collections of large cats in the world, which now also has white tigers. The real "cat house"!

... My acquaintance with white tigers began with tails. Yes, yes, do not be surprised. A large group of people stood near the enclosure, and the first thing I saw was two tails hanging from the platform, and a huge white striped lump. I was lucky - the tigers woke up, stretched for a long time, stretching their huge paws, turned over from side to side, showing their dazzling white bellies. With surprise and curiosity, they examined people with blue eyes, yawned sweetly at the whole huge pink mouth, ridiculously wrinkled tender pink noses. But happiness did not last long. A sweet nap closed her blue eyes, white tigers pressed their backs to each other and scattered paws with touching pink pillows to the sides. So beautiful, so cute, so fluffy, so white, but still tigers. I immediately remembered: "Do not get too close! I am a tiger cub, not a pussy!" Leaving the zoo was a little sad, I did not want to say goodbye to new favorites. We will grow together, meet, at least with a look, and wait for new miracles.

White light

“A stain of light moves through the darkness like a ghost. It sneaks through the dying jungle, reigning over the glare of the moon. This light reigns in the darkness, swift and beautiful, with bewitching eyes of sapphire and emerald, in which shadow and light dance. In the eyes of the tiger - deadly eternity, and immortal daring, and the wisdom of the moment, and these blue whirlpools are cold as ice.

People looked at the light, wandering in the thicket, and, sensing a thrill, guessed in it a beautiful eternity, immortal free daring, and the elusive wisdom of thousands of ghostly moments. And people saw in him a white tiger, fearless and unchallenged, merciless and vicious sign of the truth.

“These were real white tigers,” people said. “If you see a white tiger, it will bring you happiness. It will bring you enlightenment. There were times — the best times were when the white tiger appeared.”

A spot of wandering light glides silently in the green depths, alluring and frightening, whispering about deadly eternity and immortal daring, and the life of a moment, elusive and triumphant. And the one who saw him, perhaps, will understand what happiness is. And the one to whom the white tiger will come out may find enlightenment. But maybe this will not happen.

And then the white tiger will remain just a white tiger. Let, thus, about which legends are composed. After all, this is just a tiger.

And people seek only his light. White and blinding light "...

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