Tigers are among the most iconic creatures in the world. 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 their species were destroyed. At the start of the 20th century, the global population in the wild has been around 100,000. Following a slow decline in the population due to destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, today it is estimated to be between 3,062 and 3,948 people.
Here 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 land of 20 kilometers (7.7 sq.. Miles), while the man covers around 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 identify the urine’s owner.
- Tigers can’t purr
Tigers, basically belong from the cat family. However, do they purr?? No, they don’t. When a tiger is happy, they squint or close their eyes completely. They do this only when they feel comfortable and safe as losing eyesight lowers tigers defenses.
- Tigers can imitate other animals to attract their prey
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 thinking it has found a meal for itself, the tiger attacks. (that’s 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 will probably have blue eyes compared to yellow. Besides, the gene of blue eyes and cross-eyes are connected, so white tigers have cross blue-eyes.
- Tiger have spiked penises
Tigers’ penis is unable to become erect when stimulated! As Male penises’ have a baculum (a bone located inside) covered with barbs. The prickly bone, aid in”keeping the relationship” between male and female during copulation.
A single strike is enough to cause severe damage. Tigers front paw is robust enough to–either smash a Bears’ skull or breaks its back.
- Tiger comes in variety of colors
Because of this difference in genes of hair color of a tiger, its color may vary from its regular orange and black colouration. A tigers coat may be gold, white, black and even blue. The blue tigers are known as Maltese tigers, but there is no evidence that a tiger with such a special colouration even existed!
- Tiger have short term memories
Tigers have a short term memory of about 30 times longer than humans. That means they can remember a thing for a longer time and don’t forget as quickly as we do. (Is not that great?)
- Tiger have symbols hidden in their fur
The forehead of a tiger consists group of stripes that bears a striking similarity to the Chinese character meaning”king.” It gave the tiger a cultural status as a royal animal-move over lions!
- Tiger mate with lions and other cats to make hybrids
According to genetic research, male lions have the capacity 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 attain a length of 11.5ft! A female lion and a male tiger will produce a smaller Tigon, and they weigh around 180 kg (400 lbs).