The Golden Tabby Tiger is a mutation of the Tiger (Panthera tigris) also known as the Strawberry Tiger and the Golden Bengal Tiger. Almost all share the same ancestor, a tiger called Bhim who incidentally is the son of Tony (the ancestor to nearly all of North America's White Tigers). The image above was loaned to us courtesy of Jason Shallcross.
The following images were loaned to us courtesy of the Isle of Wight Zoo. The tabby tiger depicted, a male named Diamond, clearly loves to play in the water! Tabby tigers are the by-product of genetic mutation. If a normal orange tiger receives the recessive gene (the wide band gene) from each parent it will become a tabby, if a white tiger receives it from both parents they will become a Snow White Tiger. Unfortunately it boils down to the fact that tabby tigers are created due to inbreeding and gene pollution. Rough approximations put the world total at 30 individuals, but it is impossible to really know due to private collections.
Tabby tigers are larger than the standard Bengal Tiger, and they tend to be more susceptible to back/pelvic issues. Unfortunately due to their unique appearance, inbreeding these beautiful cats for monetary gain will continue regardless of the health implications.
As the photos show, tabby tigers have a pale orange-brown base coat and a white underbelly, inner legs and patches to the face. All black markings and stripes are replaced by darker orange or brown and the fur is softer and thicker than normal. This is due to the wide band gene, which as its name suggest widens the pale bands of colour on each hair. It is very unlikely that this mutation would occur in the wild anymore, so the only ones living are believed to be in captivity. The last photo was loaned to us courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar.