Tigers are viewed as one of the most ferocious, and yet majestic creatures on this planet. How well do you actually know this exotic animal? Here are 16 interesting facts about tigers to test your knowledge!
Tigers are the largest of the wildcats, and males can weigh up to 300 kilograms.
They prefer engaging in most of their hunting activities at night as opposed to the day.
Tiger cubs are born blind, and unfortunately, only around half of them survive. When they are born blind, they are only able to follow the scent of their mother. Since most of them cannot keep up, they often die due to the cold and hunger. Male tigers sometimes even eat them, to make the tigress available for mating.
Ambush or streak is the name given to a group of tigers.
Surprisingly, tigers are able to mate with other big cats. For example, a male tiger might mate with a female lion, which gives birth to what is known as a “Tigon”.
The saliva of a tiger is antiseptic, which the tigers used to lick a wounded area to prevent infection.
Tigers are able to eat up to 75 lbs of food in one sitting. Interestingly, they can also go for 2 weeks without food.
Although you may have known that tigers have stripes, you may not know that these unique patterns of stripes can also be seen in their skin (if you happen to shave off their fur, you will be able to see them).
Tigers are able to imitate the call of other animals (e.g. sambar), which can be used to ambush and kill prey
The national animal of India and Bangladesh is the Bengal tiger.
Tigers are severely endangered. According to the WWF, there are just 3890 living in the wild.
Although there is debate whether tigers can purr or not, it has been proven otherwise many times.
Tigers have a diverse diet and can kill and eat anything from a wild boar to a crocodile (pretty much anything that comes its way)!
Tigers, unlike domestic cats, love playing and spending time in the water. They have been observed to swim for hours on end, and even have the ability to kill in the water.
It is believed that a punch from a tiger is enough to kill you (or at least break one’s bones).
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