Wednesday, December 20, 2006

What hath we wrought?

White Tiger (Kenny) Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Eureka Springs, Ark.: In the United States, all living white tigers are the result of selective inbreeding to artificially create the genetic conditions that lead to white fur, ice-blue eyes and a pink nose. Kenny was born in the care of a breeder in Bentonville, Ark., on Feb. 3, 1999. As a result of inbreeding, Kenny is mentally retarded.

(Photo and text by Taryn Simon from her “American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar” series, as exerpted from NYT Magazine)


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