Tigers are one of the most iconic creatures on the planet. They are the largest cat species alive in the world 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 percent of the species were ruined. At the beginning of the 20th century, the global population in the wild was around 100,000. After 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 interesting and unusual facts about the tiger (belonging to the Panthera household ):
Tigers’ are territorial animals leading a solitary life. A tigress has a land of 20 kilometers (7.7 sq.. Miles), while the male covers around 60 to 100 kilometers (23 to 39 sq.. Miles). From this scent, a tiger can determine the urine’s owner.
Tigers, essentially belong from the cat family. No, they do not. When a tiger is happy, they squint or close their eyes completely. They do so only when they feel safe and comfortable as losing eyesight lowers tigers defenses.
Bears and tigers typically cross paths with each other as their habitats overlap. To lure a bear, tigers mimic the noise of a bears’ prey. As the bear approaches believing it has found a meal for itself, the tiger attacks. (that is scary!)
- 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 are likely to have blue eyes than yellow.
- Tiger have spiked penises
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 connection” between male and female during copulation.
A single attack is enough to cause severe damage. Tigers front paw is robust enough to–either smash a Bears’ skull or breaks its back. (lovely!)
Due to this difference in genes of hair color of a tiger, its color may vary from its usual black and orange coloration. A tigers coat can be white, gold, black and even blue. The blue tigers are called as Maltese tigers, but there’s no proof that a tiger with such a unique coloration even existed!
- Tiger have short term memories
Tigers have a short term memory of about 30 times more 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?)
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!
- Tiger mate with lions and other cats to make 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 huge 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).