Many white tigers also have cleft palates, including one who lives at BCR. "Our white tiger Zabu has a missing upper lip and it looks like she's always smiling," Bass said.
Because white tiger litters are usually so damaged, most of them, and the orange siblings they're born with, can't be "used" by breeders. "Usually they have so many health problems, they're not pretty enough to be in a Las Vegas show," Bass said. (White tigers are a staple attraction in Vegas.)
While Kenny's deformities are more apparent than other white tigers', it's unclear whether he's truly exceptional — or whether he was just one of the lucky ones to escape.
"To get that one perfect, pretty white cub, it's one out of 30," Bass explained. "What happens to the other 29 ... euthanized, abandoned ... who knows."