This post was edited by dostoevskydr at 2013-12-29 16:10|
You love them. You respect them. You fear them. 22 facts about the animal !
1. A tiger's legs are so powerful that they can remain standing even when dead
Tigers have been known to have been shot, bleed out, and die, all while standing up. Pretty crazy.
2. They are the largest of all the big cats, weighing up to 300 Kg ( 700 pounds )
Just a little size comparison for you. Look at dem paws.
3. If you look a tiger in the eyes he is less likely to kill you.
Tigers prefer to hunt by ambush, so by looking a tiger in the eyes you are showing him you know he is there. Now he has lost the element of surprise, and will most likely go find something else to feast on. Because of this, men in India often wear masks on the back of their head with a second face.
4. Tigers are completely blind for the first week of their life. About half do not survive to adulthood.
5. The white spo on the back of their ears is called an ocellli
In case you were wondering.
6. Tigers have antiseptic saliva
Dude, let me disinfect you bro.........
7. Tiger's tongues make our tongues look pretty sad
The tiger's tongue is covered with numerous small, sharp, rear facing projections called papillae. These papillae gives the tongue is rough, rasping texture and is designed to help strip the skin, feathers, fur and meat right off its prey. They have been known to lick the paint right off the walls of their enclosures in the zoo.
8. Tigers are solitary creatures
Tigers are solitary animals, and it actually fairly rare to see them group together in the wild. The exception to this, of course, is a mother and her cubs.
9. They are nicer than lions
Unlike lions, who would fight to the death over a kill, when tiger crosses paths with another tiger while hunting, they often share the meal together. Also, when several tigers are present at a kill, the males will wait for females and cubs to eat first, again, unlike lions, which do the opposite. Tigers rarely argue or fight over a kill and simply wait turns.
10. Tigers have very diverse diets.
Tigers feed on deer antelope, wild boar, and buffalo. But did you know they also eat a variety of birds, fish, rodents, small elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, and even leopards ?
11. Tigers do not normally view humans as prey
Tigers will attack a human if they feel threatened. Or if they're really really hungry and you look delicious.;) But seriously, if you were to ever encounter a tiger in the wild, slowly back far, far away while keeping eye contact with him. Chances are you're in his territory and he wants you to leave more than he wants to eat you.
12. Tigers can leap distances of over 6m, and jump up to 5m vertically.
13. A backhand from a tiger can kill you
While tigers prefer to use their massive teeth to crush their victim's neck (lovely!), a single strike is enough to do the job. One swipe from a tiger's front paw is strong enough to smash a bear's skull and even break its spine.
14. Tigers have been known to imitate the call of other animals to successfully attract prey.
15. Tigers have a brain that weighs over 300g.
It is the 2nd largest brain of all carnivores, the largest being the brain of a polar bear.
16. Tigers are adept swimmers.
Unlike almost all other big cats, they enjoy bathing and often play in the water. As adults, they often swim several kilometers to hunt or to cross rivers. They only other big cat that doesn't mind getting wet is the black panther. However, they don't seek out water or play in the water like tigers do.
17. They have a wicked short term memory
Cats in general have been found to have a better memory than any other animal, including humans, being several hundred times better than dogs and dozens of times better than primates. Tigers' short-term memory alone lasts about thirty times longer than humans', and their memories are made with stronger brain synapses, meaning that they can remember more and do not forget things as easily we do.