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Some quick tit-bits about the biggest cat in the word - TIGER!

Some quick tit-bits about the biggest cat in the word - TIGER!

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  • 1. Tiger is scientifically known as Panthera tigris. It is a member of the Felidae family and the largest of the four ‘big cats’ of the Panthera genus. The Panthera tigris is a native of the eastern and southern Asia. Known as Lord of Jungles due to its grace, agility, power and endurance, Tiger is also the national animal of India. The Tiger as the National Animal of India symbolizes the power, strength, elegance, alertness, intelligence and endurance of the nation. In India, out of the eight known races of the Panthera Tigris species, the Royal Bengal Tiger, is found throughout the country except in the north-western region.
  • 2. Interesting Facts
  • 3. Tigers are the biggest cats in the world. They live in steamy hot jungles as well as icy cold forests. There are five different kinds or subspecies of tiger alive in the world today. These tigers are called Siberian, South China, Indochinese, Bengal, and Sumatran. Tigers are an endangered species; only about 5,000 to 7,400 tigers are left in the wild. Three tiger subspecies, the Bali, Javan, and Caspian tigers have become extinct in the past 70 years.
  • 4. Most tigers have more than 100 stripes. No one knows exactly why tigers are striped, but scientists think that the stripes act as camouflage, and help tigers hide from their prey. The Sumatran tiger has the most stripes of all the tiger subspecies, and the Siberian tiger has the fewest stripes. Tiger stripes are like human fingerprints; no two tigers have identical stripes. Sources: Wikipedia and National Georaphic
  • 5. Tigers have round pupils and yellow irises (except for the blue eyes of white tigers). Due to a retinal adaptation that reflects light back to the retina, the night vision of tigers is six times better than that of humans.
  • 6. Tiger cubs are born blind and weigh only about 2 to 3 pounds (1 kg), depending on the subspecies. They live on milk for 6-8 weeks before the female begins taking them to kills to feed. Tigers have fully developed canines by 16 months of age, but they do not begin making their own kills until about 18 months of age.
  • 7. The word for a group of tigers is streak. Tigers are packed with muscle so they can leap 10 yards (9 meters) or jump 15 ft. in the air (4.5 meters) to catch prey.
  • 8. Siberian tigers are the heaviest subspecies at 500 or more pounds (225 kg), with males heavier than females. The lightest subspecies is the Sumatran; males weigh about 250 pounds (110 kg) and females around 200 pounds (90 kg).
  • 9. The heaviest tiger recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records is a 1,025-pound male Siberian tiger.
  • 10. The life span of tigers in the wild is thought to be about 10 years. Tigers in zoos live twice as long.
  • 11. The tiger was the symbol of the Olympic Games on Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.
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