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411. If Looks Could Kill

411. If Looks Could Kill
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 3:34
Viewed: 5595
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
George Bernard Shaw once said: “When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity.”

The White Bengals of His Highness, the Maharajah :

A common myth surrounding white tigers is that these felines originate from the far north Russian cold, densely forested lands of Siberia and their fur color acts as natural camouflage between snow and bushes. It makes perfect sense but in reality, couldn’t be more far from the truth. All white tigers in the world today are not Siberians (Pathera tigris altaica), but descendants of an Indian wild tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) cub captured by Indian royalty in 50’s.
So, fact is, in May 1951, H.H. Shri Martand Singh (1923-1995), the maharajah of Rewa in Rajasthan, was hunting in the jungles of Bandhavgarh, central India. On the 25th a report came in that a tigress had been sighted with four cubs, one of which was white. The maharajah cruelly shot the mother dead but collected its offspring, of which only one was white, and he raised them and starting breeding them. That first white cub was the grandfather of all white tigers today and remains the most famous. His name was Mohan.
Despite his passion for hunting, Maharajah Shri Martand Singh was one of India’s foremost champions of wildlife preservationists, much in the fashion of Theodore Roosevelt, also well-seasoned traveler and sportsman.
Mohan, the original white tiger died twenty years later and left the world the genetic legacy of all white tigers in captivity, from zoos to Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas. Farms specialized in felines would sell white tigers for ten times the price of a red one, reaching fabulous amounts of money.
Many beliefs, false or true, surround these legendary beasts. Perhaps the most common myth is that white tigers are albinos, but without pigment they would also not have stripes, colored noses and paw pads, and lip mottling. Their skin would lack color pigment and fur would be all milky and not striped. Its slightly different but still reverse similar in effect from melanism for example, present in black panthers.
The white tiger is not a separate subspecies; it would perhaps be more accurate to call it an aberrant coloration. Because they are not a separate tiger type they are also not an 'endangered species.
A little-known fact is that white tigers do not always have ice blue eyes; they may be green or amber. Again, this requires pigment in the eyes that an albino would not have.
In the kingdom of Assam the belief existed that anyone sighting a white tiger would soon die. It's a myth that remains today.

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Hi Radu

A beautiful face. Lovely exposure. Nice to view. Thank you.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-10-23 4:07]

Yeah Radu. This is real cat. Not sissy dog, but cat which goes its own way. And don't try to stop it :-) Beautifull portrait my friend!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-23 9:07]

Salut Radu

Foarte frumos portretul asta al unui animal cu adevarat impresionant din toate punctele de vedere.
Bine zicea George Bernard Shaw, si din pacate nu e singurul caz de genul asta.
Oricum, revenind la poza, imi place in mod deosebit contrastul excelent dintre tigru si reflexia intunecata a apei. POV e foarte bun si detaliile sunt clare.
Lumina este de asemenea un factor foarte misto in poza asta.

Bravo si TFS

Hi Radu
Perfect shot.
Great sharpness and composition.
Also very good POV.
I like it.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-24 2:26]

I am in love with His Highness, Radu.
What an absolutely gorgeous cat.
The colors are so... amazing.... and those pale eyes!
Great details and exposure and POV.
A mesmerizing presence.
TFS. : )

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