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 feet (3.3 m). In the past century, the Tigers were cornered to leave their area of habitat, and more than 93% of the species were destroyed. At the start of the 20th century, the global population in the wild was around 100,000. Following a gradual decline in the population due to destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, now it is 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 household ):
Tigers’ are territorial animals leading a solitary life. A tigress has a territory of 20 km (7.7 sq.. Miles), while the man covers approximately 60 to 100 kilometers (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 odor, a tiger can determine the urine’s owner.
2. Tigers can’t purr
Tigers, essentially belong from the cat family. But, do they purr?? No, they do not. When a tiger is happy, they either squint or close their eyes completely. They do this only when they feel safe and comfortable as losing eyesight lowers tigers defenses.
3. Tigers can imitate other animals to attract their prey
Bears and tigers typically cross paths with each other since their habitats overlap. To lure a bear, tigers mimic the noise of a bears’ prey. As the bear approaches thinking it has found a meal for itself, the tiger attacks. (that’s scary!)
4. 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 are likely to have blue eyes than yellow.
Tigers’ penis is not able 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.
6. Tiger backhand can kill you
A single strike is enough to cause severe harm. Tigers front paw is strong enough to–smash a Bears’ skull breaks its back.
7. Tiger comes in variety of colors
Because of this difference in genes of hair colour of a tiger, its color can change from its regular black and orange colouration. A tigers coat can be gold, white, black and even blue. The blue tigers are called as Maltese tigers, but there’s no proof that a tiger with such a unique colouration even existed!
8. Tiger have short term memories
Tigers have a short term memory of approximately 30 times longer than humans. That means they can recall something for a longer time and don’t forget as quickly as we do. (Is not that great?)
9. Tiger have symbols hidden in their fur
The forehead of a tiger consists grouping of stripes which bears a striking similarity to the Chinese character meaning”king.” It gave the tiger a cultural status as a royal animal-move over lions!
10. Tiger mate with lions and other cats to produce hybrids
According to genetic research, male lions have the ability to make massive 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 produce a smaller Tigon, and they weigh approximately 180 kg (400 lbs).