In this article, we’ll be talking about things that you didn’t know about Strawberry Tigers. know that not everyone know about strawberry tigers or can differentiate between tigers. But I want to let you know that tigers differ (but by color difference though). A golden tiger sometimes called a golden tabby tiger or strawberry tiger is a tiger with a color variation caused by a recessive gene. Like white tigers and black tigers, it is a color form and not a separate subspecies. Known for its blonde or pale-golden color and red-brown (not black) stripes, the golden tiger coloring comes from a recessive trait referred to as “wideband” which affects the production of black during the hair growth cycle. Tiger colorations that vary from the typical orange-with-black-stripe do occur in nature, but in a very small percentage. If you want to know about strawberry tigers, then continue reading further.
One other thing you need to know about strawberry tigers is that they are genetically normal orange colored tigers with the addition of a recessive modifying gene, probably the wideband gene. This same wide band gene also gives rise to stripeless white tigers. A white tiger that inherits two copies of the recessive wide band gene will be a stripeless white. A normal orange tiger that inherits two copies of the recessive wide band gene will be a golden tabby. The wideband gene is carried independently of the white gene. Now read further below in order to still know about strawberry tigers.
Key Facts You Need to Know About Strawberry Tigers
We’ll be detailing you below on things you need to know about strawberry tigers:
- Litters of different colored cubs are not unusual because the white and golden tabby colors are caused by combinations of hidden recessive genes carried by the parents.
- Samara, a normal orange tigress, had been mated with a nearly-stripeless white male tiger, Mohan. Her litter included one normal orange cub (Sultan), the first white tiger born in Australia (Taj, also nearly stripeless), and the first two tabby-colored tigers (male Rama and female Sita) born in Australia.
- The cubs weighed around 1.5 kilograms and measured approximately 30 centimeters in length. They were removed from their mother soon after birth and hand raised.
- Golden tabby Sita will be mated to an unrelated normal orange tiger called Kato.
Places Where it Has Been Discovered
- Kai—a male golden tabby tiger who was raised at Jugomaro Predator Park based in Vaalwater, Limpopo, South Africa—was poisoned by poachers on 25 May 2018 along with 3 lions.
- A young golden tabby named “Mish Mish” is found in Ras Al Khaimah Wildlife Park, Ras Al Khaimah, the United Arab Emirates, owned by Mr. Jasem Ali.
- Karachi Zoo in Pakistan had an aging golden tabby tiger in 2013.
- The Lyger Animal Sanctuary owned by Mario de Santos in Pililla, Rizal, Philippines bred two strawberry tigers in 2016.
- An example of a golden tiger is in Dream World in Australia.
- Diamond, a male golden tiger, was housed at the Isle of Wight Zoo in the UK. Because he was inseparable from his normal colored sister, who also carries the golden gene, Diamond was castrated to prevent inbreeding, although due to his sister being a heterozygous carrier for the gene, there is a chance that any offspring may express the gene in their phenotype.
- Diamond was euthanized in 2015 due to kidney issues. Glasgow Zoo’s golden tiger, But, obtained from Longleat, went to Germany when Glasgow Zoo closed.
- Longleat is the UK previously had an elderly golden tiger named Sonar, but he died in 2006.
- In autumn 2010, a golden tabby tiger, Shami, was born in a zoo in ZOOPARK in Næstved, Denmark. This is the first of its kind to be born in Scandinavia, and only the third in Europe.
- In May 2012, two more golden tabby tigers were born at the ZOOPARK.
- The Olmense Zoo in Belgium also has a golden tiger.
- The Tigerpark Dassow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, also has a golden tiger.
- The Serengeti Park in Copenhagen also had a golden tiger, but not much is known about it. It appears in an enclosure in Tierland on a 2003 plan, where it is labeled as “Freigelände für Weißgoldtiger” which translates to “Outdoor enclosure for white-gold tigers”.
- The first golden tiger cub born in captivity was in 1983 and this came from standard-colored Bengal tigers, both of whom carried the recessive genes for both the golden tiger and white colors. It was born at Dr. Josip Marcan’s Adriatic Animal Attractions in DeLand, Florida.
- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR provides sanctuary for a young golden tabby tiger named “Khaleesi.”
- St. Augustine Wild Reserve, a big cat sanctuary in North Florida, owns a young, female golden tabby named “Sitara.”
- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey has two: A male, Kingda Ka, who has a roller coaster named after him, and his half-sister Raina. These tigers are part of the family that appears in daily educational award-winning shows about these specific tigers.
- T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species), which performs at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts and elsewhere, also has golden tabby tigers. One of T.I.G.E.R.S.’s golden tabby tigers, Ramu, is on loan to the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, North Dakota.
- There is a 3-month-old Golden Tabby tiger cub at T.I.G.E.R.S Preserve, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as of May 2013.
- Taj, another strawberry tiger resides at the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, WA.
- Another golden tabby can be found at the Buffalo Zoo.
- A female named Shammi can be found at GW Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
- There are three tabby tigers found at Miami’s Jungle Island.
- There are four tabbies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area – Arula, Kumari, & Kahil at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge (Tyler, Texas).
- Tyjar is at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue Center (Wylie, Texas).
- The Exotic Feline Center in Center Point, Indiana has a golden tabby tiger named Sahib.
- Louisiana (formerly Zoo of Acadiana) in Broussard, Louisiana has two golden Bengal tiger cubs named Filé and Gumbo.
- There are two tabby tigers at Zootastic Park of Lake Norman in Troutman, North Carolina, as of 2019. (Jafar and Tabitha).
- There are two golden tabby Bengal tiger sisters, Shiva and Kali, at Tiger World in Rockwell, North Carolina.
- There was a female tabby tiger named Bala at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida. She is often referred to as the “redhead” of the park’s tigers. She was killed in a fight with her brother, Bhutan, at the age of 13 on 30 October 2019.
- The Monterey Zoo located in Salinas, California has a female golden tabby tiger named Rajani
Bonus Tip – Know More About Tigers
Tigers no doubt are been classified as representations of large mythological cats. They are often looked at as being one of the most beautiful yet ferocious animals and perhaps this is a sole driving factor that makes them even more interesting, creatures. But sadly, they have come to the verge of being categorized as endangered, thanks to human sloppiness and prudence.
So we ask ourselves, what do we really know about tigers? we’ll be highlighting on this below:
- Tigers are the largest amongst other wild cats but did you also know that the male Tigers weigh up to 300 kilograms. That’s like weighing a group of six average humans.
- Leaving aside Tiger’s enormous body size, just look at their front-hands/legs, if you have a pet Tiger and a brutal enemy, you might as well send them for a fistfight. It is said that one swipe from a Tiger’s front hand is enough to kill a person or an animal, or at least break one’s bones.
- Tigers are considered solitary animals. Unlike the sights of multiple tigers kept in one cage in the zoos, you are less likely to spot the same age group of tigers roaming together in the wild. Tigers like to stay alone, they are often observed taking a leisure walk all by themselves or perhaps building his strategies for his next meal.
- Tigers tend to attack humans only when they feel threatened unless you look delicious. So to say, there have been reports on Tigers killing people in rural places, so it is best to stay away from their territory. If you come across such situations, it is best to walk backward, constantly eyeing the Tiger, as mentioned earlier, as they mostly kill in ambush.
- There’s no doubt that wild animals enjoy a surprise kill but not as much as Tigers. Due to their stripe camouflage, they hide behind thick bushes and attack their victim from behind. It is also said that Tigers are less likely to attack when we see them, in fact, most of the villages in India wear a face mask on the back of their head just to trick the Tigers.
- The life expectancy of Tigers is between 20-25 years whether they are kept in captivity or in the wild. However, most die before the age of 20, like for instance, the death of a nineteen-year-old Machli in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India. The oldest living Tiger so far was 25-year-old Flavel, a circus-rescued, sheltered in a zoo in Tampa, Florida.
- It is not necessarily true that all Tigers are nocturnal but yes, they do prefer engaging in most of their hunting activities at night. The reason behind this is that Tigers prefer avoiding human conflict during daylight and also patrol around their territory at night.
- A Tiger’s penis doesn’t erect even when aroused and there is a logical reason behind it as an internal extra-skeletal baculum or a penis bone does all the work. It is present in all mammals and primates, drifting at the end of the penis. Baculum results best in sexual procreation, resulting in great advantages to the male by locking the process mid-sex and preventing a female to mate with others before his sperm completely gets absorbed.
- Tigers can also mates with other big cats, for example, if a male Tiger mate with female Lion, the hybrid born animal is known as Tigon. They are the largest cat species and can grow bigger than Liger which is a mixed breed of male Lion and female Tiger. The height of a Liger is about 4.5 feet while on all four legs and about 6 feet tall when standing. You can find Tigons in at least nine countries that include USA, Czech Republic, China, Iran, Russia, India, UAE, and Argentina. Crossbreeding of tigers is banned in Taiwan.
- Tiger cubs are born blind and only a few survive. Literally, the newborn cubs can’t see anything, they only follow the scent of their mother. Since they are born blind and can’t keep up, most of them die of hunger or cold. Some even get eaten by male Tigers to make the Tigress available for mating.
- Not the fastest runner in the animal kingdom but the fact that Tigers have very strong legs makes them sprint more or less than 60 kilometers per hour, but it is only possible for short distances.
- Most of the cat species have stripes on their fur as well as on their skin. It is actually true that similar to human fingerprints, the unique pattern of stripes on Tigers acts like their identity. Even if you shave off the fur of Tigers or house cats, you would still see the stripes.
- Tigers rarely roar and are humble towards their group. Tigers are one of the most humble species, unlike Lions. Often it is seen in the wildlife that the male Tigers allow the female and cubs to eat first.
- Unlike the domestic cats, its larger version enjoys spending time in the water and they love to swim for hours. Since the cubs, female Tigers encourage or help learn the art of hunting, they even have the ability to kill in the water. And as adults, it is said that they can swim for several kilometers and even have reported one to swim for 30 km in just a day.
- The Tigers are forced into unnatural situations where they are to share or stay-put under certain areas in a man-made environment, that’s when they are called ambush or streak, even a Tigress with their cubs is called an ambush.
- Tigers have antiseptic saliva, so whenever you get a bruise and want to disinfect them, visit the doctor Tiger, usually what they do is, they tend to lick the area in order to prevent any infection.
- The smell that emits from Tiger’s urine smells like buttered popcorn because it also signifies a warning sign to the intruders in their territory.
- Tigers have a varied diet and can feast on anything that comes its way, be it, a wild boar, deer/antelope, rodent, bear, bird, rhino, crocodile, buffalo and even their own group of cats like leopards. And they even eat fish.
- Tigers imitate the call of other animals. Hunting by mimicry is an added advantage to animals; it has been said that Tigers make a ‘pook’ sound similar to that of sambhar that draws these innocent animals into the trap and gets ambushed.
- Tigers do make other loud noises other than purring. However, other wild cats like Cheetahs and Jaguars can purr but only when they exhale.
- In order to show content or calmness, tigers tend to close their eyes showing their comfort level and a safe feeling.