Facts About Tigers

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Fact 1: Tigers are the largest animals in the family of felines or cats. Tigers are covered by thick coats that are reddish-brown. They have white regions on their belly, and portions of their tails are also white.

Fact 2: There are narrow black stripes seen on their head, tails, body, and limbs. There are nine subspecies of tigers that exist. They are: South Chinese, Caspian, Siberian, Malayan, Indo-Chinese, Bengal, Sumatran, Bali, and Javan.

Fact 3: The Caspian, Bali, and Javan tigers are important. One of them is extinct in the wild tigers category while the other two are considered endangered.

Fact 4: Tigers eat water buffaloes, antelopes, Sambar deer, and wild pigs. Tigers also will hunt dogs, pythons, leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles, hares, and monkeys. Domestic cattle and humans are also attacked by the injured and old tigers.

Fact 5: In the early part of the 1900s, there were about 1,000,000 tigers.  It is estimated today that there are 3,000 to 4,500 tigers that exist in the wild.

Fact 6: Tigers range from Turkey through Southeast Asia extending towards the far eastern shores of Asia. Tigers are seen currently in China, Southeast Asia, and the Russian Far East.

Fact 7: Tigers wander in the areas of evergreen forests, mangrove swamps, tropical forests, woodlands, rocky areas, and grassland savannahs.

Fact 8: The prey is knocked to the ground by using the body weight of the tigers. Tigers bite the prey at their neck region and kill them.

Fact 9: Tigers usually live alone except during the mating periods and when the females are bearing their young ones.

Fact 10: The mating period for tigers is from November to April in the tropical climates while it occurs in the winter months in temperate climates.

Fact 11: The general gestation period for tigers is 103 days. They give birth to three to four cubs at one time.

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