largest of the big cats, the Siberian or Amur tiger lives in the
coniferous forests of Russia where its thick fur and full neck ruff
keep it warm in deep snow. In contrast, the much smaller Sumatran tiger
lives in thick tropical jungles and regularly bathes in ponds or
streams to keep cool. The Bengal tiger is the most common of the
sub-species, and generally has the richest orange color. The tiger
stalk and ambush style hunter, and it's familiar stripes
provide camoflouge as it waits for prey as large as 1000 pound
water buffalo. The
tiger is basically a solitary animal with a large territory, but
and agression between individuals is rare, and amazingly, wild tigers
have been known to share their kill with other individuals, not always
family members, who may happen upon them feeding. This
behavior, so different from the highly food-agressive African lion, has
been well documented. The tiger is responsible for more human deaths
then any other cat, hence the common term "man-eating tiger".
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Tigers will pair up for a few days when the
female is in
estrus. Her pregnancy takes 3 1/2
months. She delivers 3 to 5 cubs and moves them from hiding place to
hiding place one at a time for the first few months of their lives.
This is a dangerous time as she must leave them alone while she hunts.
Males do not take part in the rearing of the cubs. Young tigers will
not start to hunt for themselves until they are about 2 years old, and
will begin to branch off from their mother around this time, slowly
developing their own territory which they will mark by clawing trees,
spraying urine and leaving strategic droppings.
other cats, tigers do not shun water, in fact, they regularly play,
lounge and otherwise recreate in the ponds, lakes and rivers of hot
Asian jungles, swimming not just to cool off but just for the
Popular to a Fault
In a recent poll, the
tiger was voted
favorite animal in the world, beating out the humble dog by one
percentage point. The Siberian tiger and the Bengal tiger with their
impressive size, spectacular coloring and breathtaking beauty have
captured peoples imaginations for thousands of years. Unfortunately,
capturing some of the tigers magic is a human obsession, and potions,
remedies and good luck charms made from almost every tiger body part
are big business. Tiger blood, crushed bones, and entire paws
skulls are highly prized to this day, and even as every sub-species of
tiger is endangered in the wild, illegal poaching still goes on to
supply the trade. Fortunately for the survival of the species, many
people still like their tigers alive, and while less than 5,000 tigers
survive in the wild, there are at least 60,000 in captivity, with over
10,000 kept as personal pets in the United States alone.
have the largest fangs in the animal kingdom, in tiger fact, the
longest Siberian tiger teeth on record were over 4 inches. The extinct
Saber-tooth tiger had fangs as long as 10 inches, theoretically to
pierce the tough hides of wooly mammoth. That's nothing to snarl about!
A Few More Tiger Facts:
The Siberianl tiger is also known as the Amur tiger.
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