70 Crazy Facts About Tiger


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Crazy Facts About Tiger

  • Adult tigers generally live alone.
  • The Bengal tiger is the most common tiger.
  • Tigers are carnivores, eating only meat.
  • You can know the approximate age of tigers through the color of their nose. While young it's pink in color and keeps darkening to blackish-brown as they grow older.
  • Compare the nose of the cub (left) to that of an adult male tiger (right)
  • A Tiger will retract its claws when it walks which is why you will never find claw marks on the tiger’s tracks.
  • Today, there are five subspecies of tigers.
  • These subspecies are the Bengal tiger, South China tiger, Indochinese tiger, Sumatran tiger, an Amur tiger. Sadly, three subspecies of tigers have become extinct – the Caspian, Bali, and Javan.
  • Less than 100 years ago, tigers could be found throughout Asia.
  • An adult Amur or Siberian tiger (the largest subspecies) can weigh up to 660 pounds.
  • The Sumatran tiger is the smallest, with males only weighing up to 310 pounds. Females generally weigh less than males in all subspecies.\
  • A tiger’s roar can be heard as far as three kilometers away.
  • SO when they want to be heard, you’ll know about it, gang!
  • At full speed, tigers can reach up to 65km/h.
  • That’s right – they may be big and heavy, but tigers are by no means, slow movers!
  • These fierce felines have walked the earth for a long time.
  • Fossil remains of tigers found in parts of China are believed to be 2 million years old. Yikes!
  • No two tigers have the same stripes.
  • Tigers do not live in permanent groups like lions do. For the most part, they live solitary lives except when females are raising cubs. Although rarely seen, the term for a group of tigers is a "streak."
  • You can hear a tiger's roar from up to two miles away. Tiger vocalizations include roaring, growling, hissing, moaning, and chuffing.
  • Tigers are generally nocturnal hunters. Their night vision is up to six times greater than ours. But they're also opportunists, which means they won't pass up the chance for a daytime snack when it's available.
  • Tigers communicate using scent markings, visual signals, and lots of sounds like roars, growls, snarls, grunts, moans, mews, and hisses.
  • Unlike lions, tigers are solitary animals. It’s fairly rare to see them group together in the wild, the exception to this is a tigress with her cubs. A group of tigers is called a streak.
  • Tigers are quite territorial. They engage in fatal fights to defend their territory.
  • Tigers squint or close their eyes to show happiness. This is because losing vision lowers defense, so tigers (and many other cats) only purposefully do so when they feel comfortable and safe.
  • Tiger stripes are like human fingerprints. Each of them is unique, no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.
  • Stripe density varies by subspecies. The stripes on a Sumatran tiger are closer together than those on any other subspecies.
  • A tiger's tail is about three feet long and helps them balance when making tight turns.
  • It's estimated that tiger hunts are only successful about one in every 10 to 20 attempts.
  • An adult tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat in one meal and will often stay with its kill or bury it to return and dine over a period of days. It may not kill again for four or five days.
  • The average lifespan of a wild tiger is 10 - 15 years. But on rare occasions, they have been known to live up to 26 years in the wild.
  • White spots on the backs of their ears are sometimes thought to function as "eyes" to ward off potential attackers from the rear. Another theory is that they help tiger cubs follow their mothers through tall grass.
  • White tigers are not a separate subspecies nor are they albino. They are leucistic, the result of a recessive gene from each parent that affects pigmentation. White tigers typically have blue eyes.
  • Tigers are a keystone species. They're integral to the health of the ecosystems in which they live. As apex predators, they keep prey species under control. This protects the vegetation which in turn maintains the integrity of streams, forests, and croplands that provide people around the world with clean air, water, food, and financial benefits. When we protect tigers, we protect ourselves.
  • Unlike most other cats, tigers are great swimmers and actually like the water.
  • Cubs are born blind and only open their eyes 1-2 weeks after birth.
  • Cubs start learning to hunt at six months of age but stay with their moms until they are about 18 months old.
  • Tigers are stalk and ambush hunters, they lie in wait slowly creeping towards their prey until they are close enough to pounce.
  • Tigers mark their territory by urinating (scent spraying), scratching the bark of the trees, and roaring.
  • The white spots at the back of the tiger’s ears are called ocelli. There are many theories about their function which remain largely unknown.
  • They mainly feed on large mammals such as deer, wild pigs, antelope, and buffalo.
  • Tigers are solitary hunters, and generally, search for food alone at night.
  • They quietly stalk their prey until they are close enough to pounce – then they kill their victim with a bite to the neck or back of the head. Ouch!
  • Since every tiger has their own pattern on its fur, they are all unique!
  • Female tigers are super moms. After a gestation period of a little more than three months, they give birth (on average) to two to three blind and helpless cubs. The female is the sole provider for them until they reach independence at two years of age.
  • A tiger's hind legs are longer than its front legs, giving them the ability to leap forward 20 - 30 feet in one jump.
  • Tigers have large, padded, feet that make it easier for them to silently stalk their prey.
  • Tigers are ambush hunters preferring to sneak up on their prey before exploding into action, killing them with a bite to the neck or back of the head. They mainly hunt deer, wild boar, buffalo, and antelope. But they'll kill and eat what's available, from small birds to bears to the occasional elephant.
  • Tigers are the largest cat species in the world reaching up to 3.3 meters in length and weighing up to 670 pounds!
  • Tigers are easily recognizable with their dark vertical stripes and reddish/orange fur.
  • Tigers usually hunt their larger prey by ambush. They ambush the animal by leaping out and seizing its neck in their teeth. If a major artery is severed, the animal dies in seconds. Otherwise, the tiger hangs on as the prey thrashes and it quickly dies of strangulation.
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