Speaking as person who worked where Kenny lived out his years he does NOT have Down Syndrome. His parents were both white tigers as well as being brother and sister and his previous owner was breeding them together to produce more white tigers he could sell for a profit. When Kenny was born he was deformed due to poor genetics and so the owner was going to put him and his brother Willy (who was ...Tigertalk6 02/20/2013
Generations of inbreeding are necessary to have white tigers. This inbreeding has effected the expression of recessive genes, causing the deformities. Trisomy, however, is not a result of inbreeding.
TL;DR: the tiger doesn't have Down's Syndorme or any trisomy (most likely)Drunken_Economist 02/20/2013
Down syndrome is a human-specific disease. This tiger could have trisomy (three homologous chromosomes instead of the normal two) in one of his pairs, but it ain't Downs.superhappytrail 02/20/2013
I saw a white tiger exhibit at the Ft Worth zoo once. There was an interesting sign by the enclosure. Paraphrasing, it read something like "These white tigers are zoologically insignificant specimens but we keep breeding them so people will pay money to come visit our zoo." I felt bad for the animals, but gained respect for the brutal honesty of their keepers.Wazowski 02/20/2013
> Contrary to his natural diet, Kenny has taken a liking to potatoes. Zookeepers are baffled.BUKAKKOLYPSE 02/20/2013
All of the white tigers that exist today in captivity can be traced back to one tiger found in India. The white fur gene is double recessive; they mated the one white tiger with normal orange tigers until one of the offspring had the white fur (very small odds). They then bred the Father with it's daughter producing more white tigers (much higher odds). The reason this tiger, Kenny, appears ...Limepirate 02/20/2013
He doesn't have down syndrome, he's just inbred. He was rescued and was living at the wild animal reservation just outside of my town until recently (if i remember this correctly)AdaleiM 02/20/2013
He definitely looks inbred. In fact, when I first saw him I thought something about him looked familiar. I used to work on a sexual maladaptive floor of an adolescent psychiatric hospital. A number of the boys on that floor were the result of incestuous relationships. They all had a certain "off" look to their faces, and Kenny has a look that is resemblant of them.tessyfink 02/20/2013
Down Syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21, meaning people with the condition have three copies of their 21st chromosome (though there is another, more rare, form of Down caused by a condition called a Robertsonian translocation, google it yo). Tigers have 19 pairs of chromosomes. So obviously this guy doesn't have DS. Get it right or pay the price >:[JamesGotALeg 02/20/2013
It's not because it has a "flat face" or looks funny that it means it has Down syndrome. I'd be offended you classify any birth deffect or genetic disease as something completly different.Swamp_Troll 02/20/2013
This is one of the consequences of producing an attraction for the public to gawk at, if only they knew how artificial it can be in the case of white tigers. I once did work experience at a wildlife park which advertised that they were some sort of legend as opposed to a naturally occurring or inbred mutation, the same place also had a white tiger with retardations.Larseth 02/20/2013
this thing is reposted so often it has its own meme...Allaphon 02/20/2013
I feel bad at laughing at his expression for that second then I realized how awesome of a tiger Kenny is.thefiringbagpipes 02/20/2013
For anyone wondering, Kenny (named for Kenny Rodgers) passed away in 2008 after complications with cancer. He passed away the day he was supposed to be put down. The keepers found him that morning, and his brother Willie (named for Willie Nelson) didn't want to move away from Kenny. Such a sad story.hedonismbot89 02/20/2013
other animal's can't get downs syndrome... We are the only ones with 21 chromosomesfigman2 02/20/2013
I dont care what this little fucker has. He is adorable and I want to squish his face.coolkidmitch 02/20/2013
Siberian tigers are actually inbred to develop the recessive gene to create the albino fur.
It's a fairly disgusting practice.Silvertongued99 02/20/2013
My sister-in-law insists that one of her pet miniature dachshunds has Down Syndrome. Many have tried to explain that Down Syndrome is a human specific chromosomal deformity, yet she continues to insists that a vet told her he definitely had Downs Syndrome.
She also insists that her other pup is HIS identical twin sister so...katcarver 02/20/2013