Tiger Facts | Amazing Facts about Tiger: The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognizable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar, and snow leopard. Here are few amazing facts about Tiger:
- There are more tigers privately owned by U.S. citizens than in the wild worldwide.
- The tiger’s stripes are not only found on their fur, but also on their skin.
- Contrary to popular belief, there are no wild tigers in Africa. Only in Asia.
- White tigers are prone to have crossed eyes (strabismus).
- Tigers can, and will, take counterattack on those who have wronged them.
- Tigers can eat up to 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of meat in one night.
- 100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia a century ago, but today their numbers have fallen to around 3,200 due to poaching.
- More Siberian tigers are living in captivity than in their native habitat.
- Tigers were declared extinct in Cambodia in 2016.
- Tiger cubs are vulnerable in their first few months, with mortality as high as 50%.
- The life span of tigers in the wild is thought to be about ten years. Tigers in zoos live twice as long.
- There were once nine subspecies of the tigers: Bengal, Siberian, South Chinese, Indochinese, Sumatran, Malayan, Javan, Caspian, and Bali. The last three are extinct, one is extinct in the wild, and the rest are endangered.
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Tiger Hunting Facts
- Between 1800 and 2009, tigers killed an estimated 373,000 humans.
- Tigers wait until dark to hunt. Their night sight is six times greater than that of people.
- Tigers are the only predators known to regularly prey on adult bears.
- Less than 10% of tiger’s hunts end successfully.
- One tiger alone killed 430 people in Nepal and India in the 19th century.
Unknown Facts about Tiger
- Cats share 95.6% of its DNA with tigers.
- The tiger is the largest wild cat in the world, weighing up to 720 pounds (363 kg), and stretching 6 feet (2 meters) long.
- White tigers carry a gene that is only present in around 1 in every 10,000 tigers.
- Tigers that breed with lions gives birth to hybrids known as “tigons” and “ligers.”
- Cats, from lions and tigers right down to domestic felines, cannot taste anything sweet.
Amazing Tiger Facts
- A tiger’s roar can be heard as far as 1.8 miles (3 km) away.
- The Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India.
- All cats, including tigers, have a different scent connected with them due to their individualized scent glands.
- Unlike lions, tigers live solitary lives and mark their territories to keep others away.
- A dead adult male tiger can sell for US$10,000 or more on the black market.
- The stripes on the tiger are unique, like human fingerprints.
These are the various Tiger Facts which we all should know.
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