Tigers are one of the most iconic creatures on the planet. They are the largest cat species residing on earth till date. This untamed Hunter weighs up to 670lb (306 kg) and has a total body length of 11 feet (3.3 m). In the past century, the Tigers were cornered to leave their area of habitat, and over 93 percent of the species were destroyed. At the beginning of the 20th century, the global population in the wild was around 100,000. Following a gradual decline in the population because of destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, today it’s estimated to be between 3,062 and 3,948 people.
Listed below are ten fascinating and unusual facts about the tiger (belonging to the Panthera family):
Tigers’ are territorial animals leading a solitary life. A tigress has a territory of 20 km (7.7 sq.. Miles), while the man covers around 60 to 100 km (23 to 39 sq.. Miles). To mark their territories beginning and end, the adults scratch a tree and spray their urine which smells like buttered popcorn! From this scent, a tiger can determine the urine’s proprietor.
Tigers, basically belong from the cat family. However, do they purr?? No, they don’t. When a tiger is happy, they either squint or close their eyes completely. They do this only when they feel comfortable and safe as losing eyesight lowers tigers defenses.
Bears and tigers typically cross paths with each other since their habitats overlap. To lure a bear, tigers mimic the sound of a bears’ prey. As the bear approaches believing it has found a meal for itself, the tiger strikes. (that’s scary!)
4. All Tigers have yellow eyes, except the ones that are white, have blue eyes
The gene for blue eyes and white fur is linked together, so white tigers will probably have blue eyes compared to yellow.
5. Tiger have spiked penises
Tigers’ penis is not able to become erect when aroused! As Male penises’ have a baculum (a bone located inside) covered with barbs. The prickly bone, aid in”maintaining the relationship” between male and female during copulation.
Tigers use their 10 cm long teeth to crush a victims’ throat! A single strike is enough to cause severe damage. Tigers front paw is strong enough to–either smash a Bears’ skull breaks its back. (lovely!)
Due to the difference in genes of hair colour of a tiger, its color can change from its usual black and orange colouration. A tigers coat can be white, gold, black and even blue. The blue tigers are called as Maltese tigers, but there is no proof that a tiger with such a unique colouration even existed!
Tigers have a short term memory of about 30 times longer than humans. That means they can remember something for a longer time and don’t forget as quickly as we do. (Is not that great?)
The forehead of a tiger consists group of stripes that bears a striking similarity to the Chinese character meaning”king.” It gave the tiger a cultural status as a majestic animal-move over lions!
10. Tiger mate with lions and other cats to make hybrids
According to genetic research, male lions have the ability to make large off-springs whereas female lions create smaller offspring. When a male lion has a sexual encounter with a female tiger, the outcome is a enormous liger! A liger can weigh up to 1000 lbs and reach a length of 11.5feet! A female lion and a male tiger will generate a smaller Tigon, and they weigh around 180 kg (400 pounds ).