"Snow" is born, the first white tigress in captivity in Nicaragua

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the first white tigress in captivity in Nicaragua


The year begins with good news for Central America: Nicaragua sees the birth of "Snow", the first white tigress in captivity.

Central America welcomes its first Nicaraguan white tigress. Snow, as she was named in the National Zoo of Nicaragua, is the first female to be born at the institution, and she gives hope for her species, which is in danger of extinction.


Seven days ago, her mother gave birth to a single calf. She is the daughter of two Bengal tigers with yellow and black fur, after only three months of gestation. She was born weighing only 954 grams, in contrast to her mother, with more than 270 kilos.

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A challenge for Nicaragua

The cub represents a significant challenge for her caregivers, as her mother rejected her at birth. The director of the National Zoo, Eduardo Sacasa, explained the following to AFP regarding her birth:


"IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A WHITE TIGER IS BORN IN NICARAGUA, AND IT IS THE DAUGHTER OF TWO YELLOW BENGAL TIGERS, BUT THE FEMALE BRINGS GENES FROM HER GRANDFATHER, WHO WAS WHITE (…) IT IS NOT THAT ANY TIGER THAT MEETS IS GOING TO GIVE THAT CONDITION".


Snow's mother was rescued after long years of exploitation at a local circus. She was abandoned after she rejected her offspring, and it passed into the hands of the national authorities. As Sacasa recalls, the tigress arrived at the zoo in a sorry state, and she had to undergo a long rehabilitation treatment.

white tigress


A tigress with a Nicaraguan passport

Snow represents an achievement for the zoo, as she is the product of long years of care, dedication, and attention to animals that the institution enacts. She is located about 20 kilometers from the capital, Managua, and previously had two white tigers. However, the baby is the first to be born in Nicaraguan territory.


As reported by Sacasa, Snow was not able to suck colostrum from her mother when she gave birth, and she had some respiratory problems as if it were a very mild cold. However, it is not a complication that cannot be solved with mild medications for a puppy that is so few days old.


Today, Snow is being bottle-fed by specialized zoo doctors. Marina Argüello is in charge of her care, in addition to caring for another 700 animals throughout the rescue and reproduction center for endangered species. According to Argüello, the tigress has not lost her appetite, but she is always hungry for more food "which she is crying out for."

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