The Tabby or Golden Bengal is a colour variation which was first seen in captivity in 1983 when a golden coloured cub was born to normally coloured Bengal tigers. There are currently thought to be around 30 of these tigers in existence. There had been previous reports of a tabby coloured tiger in India in the early 1900s.
The colouration of the tabby tiger is a white coat with golden patches on it. The stripes are paler than normal and sometimes fade into spots while the fur is much softer than normal.
Like albino tigers, tabby and normal coloured cubs can be found in the same litter.The photo above shows a litter of three week old cubs. The female cub on the right is the typical Bengal colouring while the two males on the left show tabby colouration.
The photo above shows an extremely unusual litter with two normally coloured cubs, one white cub and one tabby cub.
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