Tigers: 18 facts you didn't know
By Asiaville Desk • 29/07/2019 at 12:50PM
Tigers are a fascinating species in the wild. We take a look at some amazing information about them
- The tiger is the longest-lived animal of the cat species. It is the longest third largest carnivore. Only polar bears and brown bears are bigger.
- Adult Siberian tigers can weigh up to 660 pounds.
- The smallest is the Sumatran tiger. Of these, the male tiger weighs only 310 pounds. In all sub-species, female tigers are lighter than male tigers
- In the cat species, tigers are the only animals with full-body stripes
- There will not be two tigers with the same stripes. The stripes are as varied as the fingerprints of a human. The colour varies from light brown to black
- The tiger's tail can be up to three feet long.
- They only get one prey in 10-20 attempts
- Adult tigers can feed up to 88 pounds of food at a time. No prey for four or five days after.
- The average lifespan of tigers in the wild is 10-15 years. Some tigers live up to 26 years
- After three months of gestation, female tigers usually deliver two or three cubs. The mother will look after them until the age of two
- Tigers are excellent swimmers. They swim long distances to cross rivers and hunt prey. Small tigers play in the water. Adult tigers also like to cool off in the water
- They do not live in permanent groups like lions. Tigers are solitary creatures.
- The roar of the tiger can be heard as far as two miles away
- The prey is caught most common at night. The tiger has six times greater night vision than humans.
- Their hind legs are longer than the front legs. A single bound can take them a distance of 20-30 feet
- They have padded feet, which help them reach the victim silently
- The prey is bitten on the neck or back of the head. Deer, wild boar and pythons are the favorite targets.
- Behind the ears you see a white mark. Scientists don't know why. It could be sensors to alert them what is happening behind them. It has also been argued that they help young cubs follow their mothers. [Autotranslated from Malayalam]