white tigerTop ministers on Sunday inaugurated what has been billed as the world’s first ‘white tiger safari’ in this district of Madhya Pradesh.

White tigers are reported in the wild from time to time in India. The animal is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger and is believed to have originated in the former Rewa state, now part of Madhya Pradesh.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and union Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended a function here to mark the opening of the while tiger safari in about 1,000 hectare forest area in Mukundpur in Satna district.

The forest area has three white tigers, two Bengal tigers of more usual fur colour and some bears, said a forest official.