Tigers are among the most iconic creatures on the planet. They are the largest cat species alive on earth till date. This untamed Hunter weighs up to 670lb (306 kg) and has a total body length of 11 ft (3.3 m). In the past century, the Tigers were cornered to leave their area of habitat, and over 93% of their species were destroyed. At the beginning of the 20th century, the global population in the wild has been around 100,000. After a slow decline in the population because of destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, now it’s estimated to be between 3,062 and 3,948 individuals.
Listed below are ten interesting and unusual facts about the tiger (belonging to the Panthera household ):
Tigers’ are territorial creatures leading a solitary life. A tigress has a land 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 that smells like buttered popcorn! From this odor, a tiger can determine the urine’s owner.
- Tigers can’t purr
Tigers, basically belong from the cat family. But, do they purr?? No, they don’t. They do this only when they feel safe and comfortable as losing vision lowers tigers defenses.
- Tigers can imitate other animals to attract their prey
Bears and tigers typically cross paths with each other since their habitats overlap. As the bear approaches thinking it has found a meal for itself, the tiger attacks. (that is scary!)
- All Tigers have yellow eyes, except the white ones, have blue eyes
The gene for blue eyes and white fur is linked together, so white tigers will probably have blue eyes than yellow. Anyway, the gene of blue eyes and cross-eyes are connected, so white tigers have cross blue-eyes.
Tigers’ penis is unable to become erect when stimulated! 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.
- Tiger backhand can kill you
Tigers use their 10 cm long teeth to crush a victims’ throat! A single attack is enough to cause severe damage. Tigers front paw is strong enough to–smash a Bears’ skull or breaks its back.
Because of the difference in genes of hair colour of a tiger, its color can change from its usual orange and black coloration. A tigers coat may be white, gold, black and even blue. The blue tigers are known as Maltese tigers, but there is no proof that a tiger with such a unique coloration even existed!
Tigers have a short term memory of approximately 30 times more than humans. That means they can remember something for a longer time and do not forget as fast as we do. (Isn’t that great?)
- Tiger have symbols hidden in their fur
The forehead of a tiger consists group of stripes which bears a striking similarity to the Chinese character meaning”king.” It gave the tiger a cultural status as a majestic animal-move over lions!
According to genetic research, male lions have the ability to make massive off-springs whereas female dinosaurs create smaller offspring. When a male lion has a sexual encounter with a female tiger, the result is a enormous liger! A liger can weigh up to 1000 pounds and reach a length of 11.5feet! A female lion and a male tiger will produce a smaller Tigon, and they weigh approximately 180 kg (400 pounds ).