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Kenny the tiger with down syndrome

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Hannah Stuart

on 27 March 2014

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Transcript of Kenny the tiger with down syndrome

Kenny the tiger is a white tiger that appears to have down syndrome. His mom and dad were brother and sister so they were forced to breed to make Kenny. Kenny was born with pronounced physical deformities. Kenny is unable to fully close his mouth due to facial deformities. He unfortunately died July 28th 2008 from cancer. He has a brother named Willie who is an orange bengel tiger. Willie lived to be 12 years old. Eureka Springs in Arkansas rescued Kenny and cared for him.
Kenny the tiger with down syndrome
White Tigers
The only way to produce white tigers is by getting a brother and sister to mate, father to daughter or mother to son.

White tigers are not native to the wild. Zoos love them because of their distinct coat. White tigers sometimes have abnormalities because breeding family to family causes that
What is Down Syndrome?
Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra chromosome 21. This causes mild to severe mental impairment.
-Flat back of head
-Abnormal ears
-Many loops on finger tips
-palm crease and special skin ridge pattern
-Absence of one rib
-Abnormal pelvis
-Diminished muscle tone
-Broad face with slanted eyes and short nose
-Big toe widely creased
-Short hands

They don't actually know if Kenny has down syndrome for sure or not. However the characteristics match how Kenny looks and acts. Lots of white tigers look different though because his mom and dad were brother and sister.
Facts about down syndrome

About 92% of pregnancies in the UK and Europe with a diagnoses of down syndrome are terminated
-1 in 691 babies are born with down syndrome
-There are more than 400,000 people with down syndrome living in the USA
-The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
-People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer's disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.

Characteristics of Down Syndrome
Quiz on Down Syndrome
-What are 2 characteristics of people with down syndrome?




-What percentage of pregnancies are terminated in the UK and Europe?
-About How many people in the USA are living with Down Syndrome?
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