One look at Kenny and it’s clear why white tigers shouldn’t be bred.
Kenny was rescued in 2000 at around 2 years old. He was living in filth at a private breeder in Arkansas, but because of his obvious malformations he wasn’t pretty enough to sell and the breeder called Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to get rid of him.
“The gentleman that we rescued him from said he would constantly run his face into the wall,” Emily McCormack, animal curator for Turpentine Creek, told The Dodo. “But it was clear that that wasn’t the situation.”
Rather, it was apparent that Kenny’s looks were the predictable result of the generations of inbreeding that go into generating white tigers.
With his short snout, broad face and noticeable dental issues, most folks wouldn’t instantly recognize Kenny as a tiger. Willie, an orange tiger who was rescued with him and was likely his brother, had completely crossed eyes.