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Bengal Tigers In The Wild With Half Orange, Half White Coats — 5 Comments

  1. It’s not diet, it’s natural variation. As well as the main colour genes in coats, there are polygenes that affect how the colour is displayed. That’s why red domestic cats range from orange-red to sandy colour – a combination of the “O” gene and the influence polygenes.

    Epigenetics can also affect how the genes are expressed – which are turned on (or turned down), which are turned off (or turned up).

    This allows natural selection of the combinations (or gene expression) best suited in an environment. Thelevel of inbreeding also increases the number of individuals in a local population that show a particular trait.

    • Thanks.
      It’s relief to know that the cause isn’t from some sort of nutritional deficit.
      What a genius you are!

    • Thank you Sarah. I’m pleased that you had time to visit and give us your opinion. Much appreciated. I would have thought, though, that other people would have commented on this because it looks as though something could be wrong or at least somebody should be asking that question.

  2. Such beautiful animals, but I can’t pretend to know a lot about them.
    I remember an article about rusty black cats that lack sufficient ???lyosine??? Not sure.
    But, it seems to me that you are probably right to attribute this phenomenon to diet.

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