“Nieve” is the name of a rare white Bengal tiger cub that was rejected by its mother and raised by people.
White tigers are very rare in Nicaragua. Nieve, which means “snow” in Spanish, was born less than a week ago. She was so cute. She was named after that. Unfortunately, the cub’s mother, a yellow and black Bengal tiger, didn’t like it very much when it was born. They say that the baby’s mother is an animal that was saved from a circus. According to a zoo spokesperson, she couldn’t make enough milk for the baby. Sadly, it is very common for a wild animal to lose its maternal instincts when kept in a cage.
The zoo director’s wife was happy to hand-feed and take care of the tiny Nieve. There was only one white tiger born in the Central American country. The cub, around two pounds, is the first one of its kind in the country.
White tigers are not separate species of tiger. They only live in captivity because their parents, Bengal tigers, have a recessive gene that makes them white. This is what the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) calls them: a “genetic anomaly” with no one known to be living in the wild. There are both black and yellow tigers in Nieve’s family, but it seems that it got that gene from its grandfather.
There is a zoo director in Nicaragua and his wife, Marina Arguello. Marina Arguello said she would take care of the little cub until it is strong enough to feed itself. The job Marina has to do until then will be a little hard. “She hasn’t lost her hunger, she said.” Her bottle comes every three hours. Then she screams, and the milk gets too cold.