Black And Blue Tigers
By Amelia Meyer
Black Tigers are, like White Tigers, not a unique subspecies. Rather, they are Bengal Tigers with what is known as pseudo-melanism. Pure melanism refers to a large amount of black pigmentation of the hair / fur / feathers, eyes, and so on. This gives the animal a completely black appearance and is the opposite of albinism. However, this is not the case in either Black or Blue Tigers, which is why the term “pseudo” is used to describe their colouring.
The Blue Tigers that have been discovered are usually from the South China Tiger subspecies. While Black Tigers are still spotted on very rare occasions today, the Blue Tiger is believed to be completely extinct, although there may be a wild specimen hiding in the security of the Chinese mountains or forests, far from human interference.