The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognizable for their
pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter
The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard,
jaguar, and snow leopard.
Tigers are some of the most
beautiful, majestic animals on earth. It is the largest member of the
felid (cat) family but despite what we know about animals, there is still a
great deal of what we do not know mixed up with common misconceptions or
confusion with other large cats. There were once nine subspecies of tigers
namely: Malayan, Siberian, Indochinese, Bengal, South Chinese, Sumatran, Caspian,
Javan and Bali. Of these, the last three are extinct, one is extinct in the
wild, and the rest are endangered species. You may think you know a lot
about tigers but these unusual tiger facts might come as a surprise to you.
most cats do not like water, tigers are good swimmers. They enjoy playing,
bathing, and swimming in the water. Tigers are also skilled at hunting in the
are thought of in some cultures as a noble animal. It is believed that the
markings on their forehead look a lot like the Chinese symbol for king. Just
like the domestic house cat, if a tiger’s fur were shaved off, its skin
would show the same markings as its fur. Like a human fingerprint, each stripe
on a tiger is unique to a specific animal. Tiger fur also comes in numerous
colors including gold, white, black, and also blue. The Maltese tiger is said
to be blue, however, there is no confirmation that these tigers actually exist.
not lap up water when drinking. They flip drops of water into the air and catch
them. A tiger’s saliva can be used to clean their wounds due to its
mate often because females are only fertile for 4 to 5 days out of the entire
year. The tigress’s gestational period takes about 3 months, and they typically
give birth to 2 to 3 cubs.
prefer to perform sneak attacks on their prey. If you are ever being attacked
by a tiger, look them in the eyes. If the tiger knows you are aware of it, its
ambush is foiled and chances are it will retreat. While walking through the
forests of India, people would wear masks on the back of their heads to thwart
a tiger ambush. Tigers are able to adapt their killing techniques, but they
usually kill their prey through strangulation. Tigers use their powerful jaws
to bite through skin and even bone. Unlike other cat species, male tigers allow
females and cubs to eat first.
6. Medicinal uses
tigers in China has been illegal for many years and is punishable by death. In
ancient Chinese medical practices, tiger parts were used medicinally. Once
thought to be used as aphrodisiacs, their real use was to treat such ailments
as digestive issues and arthritis. However, today this misconception is being practiced
again, and tiger parts are once again being used as aphrodisiacs.
7. Memory and brain
from the polar bear, a tiger has the largest brain of all carnivores and is
similar in size to the Chimpanzee’s. Overall, cats have a better memory than
all other animals and this includes humans. Their memory is numerous times
better than other primates and significantly better than dogs. Surprisingly,
tiger memories are made up of stronger brain synapses than a human brain, and
their short-term memory endures 30 times longer than ours does. Due to these
stronger brain synapses, they do not forget things and remember things more
easily than we do.
Clancy's comment: I wonder if they have a better memory than an elephant?