ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Interesting Facts About The Tiger

Updated on May 1, 2013
Source

When it comes to the beauty of these animals, color has so much to do with it and this is the reason why tigers are considered to be among the most beautiful cats. They also happen to be the largest of all cats but they are sadly almost extinct mostly because of their reducing habitats. They are normally found in Asian forests and the fact that these forests are shrinking means that the tigers have less to eat and are easy to hunt. Their skins are highly valuable in the black market and this is one reason why the cats are hunted. They have many sub-species which include the Sumatran, Malayan, South China, Indochina, Amur and Bengal, the most popularly known tiger. This article will describe some facts about this animal.


Size, speed and appearance:

As mentioned above, tigers are the biggest of the wild cats with the largest of the species being the Siberian tigers. This species can have a weight well above 750 pounds and this means that it is very formidable. They are not as fast as their counterparts but they do not use speed to hunt but their strength and weight is their biggest weapon. Once a prey has been caught, escaping is a very small possibility as the weight of this hunter cat is used to subdue the prey. The most notable thing about the appearance of tigers is that of the coat. Tigers have a striped coat and this is one of the reasons why they are hunted so much by humans. A group of tigers, known as streak, can make one think that the stripes are similar but the truth of the matter is that there are no two tigers that have the same pattern in their stripes. In actual sense, the stripes are so different that they are very useful when it comes to the identification of tigers in their natural habitat. On the same note, a tiger's paw print is very unique and these were used in early days to identify a tiger. However, this method was not accurate as the paw print changes when the cat is running.

Source

Behavior and hunting:

When it comes to tigers, they are the most shy in the cat family and seeing one in the wild is very hard. They are mostly hiding in their den during the day and they come out to hunt and prowl. Once dust sets in, the cats begin coming out. They are very solitary and the only time that two tigers will be seen together is when they are mating. They do not run very fast and this means that they lay an ambush for the prey. Just like other cats, very few hunts are successful. In addition to their bulk size, these cats have a very much developed sense of sight and hearing and it is these two that they use to track prey and know when to pounce. However, the tiger can consume as much as 80 kilos of meat in one single night and this means that they can take a few weeks between meals. It takes about 15 ambushes for a tiger's hunt to be successful.

Source


Their behavior is nothing to smile or write home about in that they are the cats that have the highest record of eating human beings. The cats appear very docile but they are very violent, even when in cages. It is said that the worst thing that a person can do is turn their back to this cat as it will pounce on them within seconds. It is for this reason that tigers are handled by trained zookeepers even when in captivity.

When born, tiger cubs are normally blind and have a weight of about 20 pounds. They are normally born within the tiger's territory, which it marks by deeply scratching tree trunks and spraying its urine on bushes. This keeps other tigers from invading and should one come prowling, the two fight until the loser runs away. This is very important when it comes to the protection of the tiger cubs. In most cases, the mother tigers stay with their young ones until they are old enough to hunt on their own and then they separate.

Cute Baby Tiger

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)