Tigers can be called the most recognizable large predators from the cat family. The black and orange striped skin of these creatures has become their original business card. Tigers are famous for being ruthless predators, as well as for their bright striped color that warns against meeting this animal on its territory. Large and massive, tigers are able to fight with any opponent.
Let’s learn some more about them!
Tigers can, and will, take revenge on those who have wronged them. They are one of the most vengeful animals on the planet. For example, in 1997, a poacher wounded a tiger and stole part of its kill. The tiger found the poacher’s cabin, destroyed his belongings, waited at least half a day for him to return, then killed and ate him.
Tiger living in the wild taiga rarely manages to live up to ten years. The life of females, as a rule, is even shorter than that of males. That’s because they have to spend incredible forces and vital energy not on themselves, but on the education of offspring. In ideal conditions of the zoo, Amur tigers easily live up to twenty years.
The number and configuration of black stripes on the skin is the main thing that distinguishes the 6 surviving subspecies of the tiger. The number of lines can reach up to 100! The Amursky tigers’ fur is the thickest and longest. But the stripes are smaller than the rest of the subspecies. The Indochinese tiger has a darker color, and the Sumatran tiger is the brightest. Amur tiger is the largest subspecies of the tigers in the world. It has the longest tail – up to 115 cm. The tail length of the smallest tigers – Sumatran – 60-90 cm.
The individual animal with the most human kills ever was a tiger from Northern India, which adjusted its hunting strategy to kill people after a tooth injury left it unable to hunt normal prey and was shot after an estimated 436 kills.
Less than 100 years ago, tigers inhabited vast territories from eastern Turkey and the Caspian to the Far East. However, over the past 100 years, the number of tigers in the world has decreased by 25 times – from 100 thousand to 4 thousand.
More than 5 thousand tigers live in cages on the so-called “tiger farms” in China. Traders of tiger body parts are banned worldwide. But farm owners do not close them in the hope that the ban will be lifted. They are producing pseudo-drugs, mainly for the treatment of potency.
Ussuri, Siberian, and Amur are different names for the same subspecies of the tiger living in the south of the Russian Far East. The official name of our tiger is the Amur tiger.
Tigers are the only predators known to regularly prey on adult bears.
The tiger never undermines the population of ungulates in the territory of its habitat. Despite the fact that the tiger eats about 50 animals a year, it is the “softest” predator – it kills as much as it can eat. To places, that the tiger left, comes the wolf. Unlike tigers, they can and will seriously undermine the number of ungulates, because they can not assess the capabilities of their stomach.
During mating, the tiger meets the female for only two to three days. After this short meeting, he leaves her until the moment when the children grow up and are ready to start an independent life, that is, for about two years. The father does not participate in raising and raising offspring.
A tiger cub can get its own food at the age of 11 months. However, a complete tiger upbringing ends only in two years. If a tiger cub has lost its mother earlier – for example, through the fault of poachers – it is not able to regularly get its own food in the wild taiga and often comes to people for “easy” prey – pets.
A tiger is heavily favored in a fight with a lion. A tiger once killed a lion with a single paw swipe at a zoo in Turkey.
According to scientists, the South China Tiger is “functionally extinct” as one has not been spotted in the wild for over 25 Years. However, a banker known as Stuart Bray has 19 of them held in captivity at the Laohu Valley Reserve in South Africa.