There are millions of people who say that they love cats. But they are mostly talking about small house cats. There are huge cats living in the wild that most people wouldn’t have as pets (unless you’re Mike Tyson). And one of the most notable big cat species is tigers. Now, you might think that you know a lot about them, but here’s 15 Unbelievable Facts About Tigers.
- Tigers are the biggest cats in the world. Some subspecies are smaller, others bigger, but overall they are the biggest. A grown tiger can weigh up to 363kg or 800 pounds! And they also can grow to be 3.3m or 10.8 feet in length.
- Tiger are carnivores that only eat meat. They hunt down a huge amount of animals every year in the areas they live in, often resulting in dramatic population decreases of the species that they hunt.
- Tigers are great swimmers and can swim up to 6 kilometers. And they actually like swimming, unlike most cats.
- Tigers are also great jumpers. They can usually easily jump up to 4 metres or 13 feet in the air and 5 metres or over 16 feet in length.
- They’re fast too, they can reach 65 kilometers per hour or 40 miles per hour while running.
- Every single tiger has different stripes on its fur.
- Tigers are loners who hunt alone and, usually, at night, by quietly stalking their prey and usually killing it with a powerful bite to the back of the neck or the head.
- There are tiger ancestor (close to modern tigers) fossils found in China that have been dated to be 2 million years old. So they have been around for quite a while.
- We currently have 5 different subspecies of tigers living on our planet. Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Sumatran and Siberian. Unfortunately, Caspian, Bali and Javan tigers have recently gone extinct.
- Tigers sometimes breed with lions and produce offspring known as ligers or tigons.
- Tiger’s roar can be heard three kilometers or 1.86 miles away.
- Healthy tigers have an average life span of 14 years and spend most of their adult life alone, with exception of females who raise their offspring.
- Because tigers tend to hunt in the dark, they have an incredible night vision. They can see about 6 times better in the dark than humans.
- Tiger cubs are born blind and, in the wild, only half of them survive into the adulthood. Which is one of the reasons why tigers are endangered species.
- Their saliva is an antiseptic, meaning that it prevents the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
And that’s it. Tigers truly are some of the most interesting animals walking the face of the planet and they deserve to be recognized as such. They are some of the most dangerous predators and some of the most beautiful animals – at the same time. And that concludes the 15 Unbelievable Facts About Tigers article.
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