Both designs feature Golden Tiger with an elegant schoolgirl appearance holding a yellow rose.
The current design has light orange hair with white bangs and a fade out to white at the ends of her curly hair. The hair has brown spots and stripes. Her ears have brown and white markings with white tufts. Her upper body has an orange schoolgirl top with brown accents and buttons. The top has a brown plaid design on the cuffs, matching her skirt. She wears a white dress shirt underneath with a purple bow. The schoolgirl top has a brown emblem with a white accent and a purple Japari logo on it. Her lower body features a skirt and a tail with an orange to white gradient and brown stripes. Her stockings and dress shoes are white with slight hints of yellow. Her stockings also have brown stripes. This design has a "softer" color feel compared to the old one.
Her old design is very similar, except that there's a more predominant use of saturated orange and brown. The amount of white used is redistributed, as there's less of it in her hair, stockings and on her ears and more of it on her plaid accents. The design doesn't appear to have the Japari emblem. Her hair curls are more detailed and more curly compared to the current design, which simplifies the hair curls into bunches.
In Real Life
The Golden Tiger is a tiger with a "blonde" coat compared to the orange-coated tigers. They are not a true subspecies, instead the distinct golden color is caused by a recessive gene, much like White Tiger and Black tigers. This gene (called wideband) affects the production of black fur coloring during the hair growth process. A "normal" orange tiger that inherits two copies of the recessive gene will be a golden tiger. Interestingly, the wide band gene is carried independently of the white gene.
All Golden Tigers in captivity and human care can be traced back to one white tiger named Bhim. Bhim is the son of a part-white Amur tiger named Tony. Tony is considered to be a common ancestor of all white tigers in North America and Bhim was a carrier of the wide band gene. He (Bhim) transferred this trait to some of his offspring.
Litters of multiple coat colors are not uncommon as both the golden and white traits are cause by combinations of hidden recessive genes. Unfortunately these looks are the results of inbreeding. Inbreeding reduces genetic variability, and may cause hidden genes to manifest. This causes a greater probability that two recessive genes will meet up.
- Another name is the Golden Tabby Tiger
- Unlike their Orange, White, and Black counterparts, Golden Tiger stripes are reddish-brown instead of black.
- Breeders of golden cats note the wide band as a single gene (Wb/wb), and is most likely a polygenic trait.
- If a cub has two copies of the wideband gene, it results in a stripeless white tiger.
- Wikipedia Page
- Cat Coat Genetics Wikipedia
- "Annotated chart, Bhim and Indira's lines & Longleat lines"
- "The genetics of tiger pelage color variations" (PDF). Cell Research. 27 (7): 954–957. doi:10.1038/cr.2017.32. PMC 5518981. PMID 28281538.
- L. A. K. Singh (2000). "Colour aberration in tiger: its biological and conservation implications. Summary of Talk at National Seminar "Tiger Tiger", 4–5 August 2000, Indian Museum, Calcutta". Academia.edu.