There are interesting facts about the tiger that can earn your new respect.
We have lost 97% of the wild tiger population in the last century, in as little as 15 years, and numbers continue to get lower.
About half of them do not make it to adulthood.
Their brains weigh over 300 grams. The polar bear’s brain is the largest.
They can still stand even when already dead. Many tigers have been shot and they died while standing.
It can smash and break the skull and spine of a bear. Tigers, however prefer to crush the neck of their victims with their massive teeth, but one strike can already be enough.
It has many small, rear-facing projections and sharp papillae which give the tongue characteristics of being rough and with rasping texture. It can strip the feathers, skin and meat off its prey. Tigers are known to lick the paint off the walls where they are enclosed in zoos.
They feed on buffalo, wild boar, antelope as well as various birds, small elephants, leopards, rodents, rhinos, fish and crocodiles.
Unlike other big cats, they enjoy water and play with it. Adult tigers usually cross rivers, or swim long distances to hunt. Black panthers also don’t mind getting wet but they do not play in the water like tigers do.
Their memories are generally better than any animal, including humans; and a hundred times better than that of dogs and dozen times better than primates. Brain synapses compose their memories that make them not easily forget and remember things more. Their short term memory alone is so wicked, it lasts 30 times longer than humans.
They are seldom seen grouping with others, except a mother tiger and her cubs.
Looking at a tiger’s eyes lost the surprise element as you let it know you are aware of its presence. Tigers love to hunt by ambush and will lose interest if you know he is there. That is why India men usually wear masks with a second face on the back of their heads.
They only attack humans if they are threatened, or really very hungry. If in an encounter with a tiger in a wild, slowly back off far away while keeping an eye contact with it. It is more interested of having you leave its territory than eating you.
Tigers would not fight over a kill, not like the lions. If they cross paths with another tiger during hunting, they share meals together. When many tigers are present during a meal, the males will let the cubs and the females eat first and wait for their turns.