Panthera tigris, or Tiger is the largest of the Big Cats. This wild cat is one of the most feared predators on earth. It may not be the fastest, but is by far the smartest and strongest animal amongst all wild animals. Their posture and face itself is intimidating enough to make the prey go weak. Let alone humans, the nature is well aware about the aura of a Tiger.
But these species have many myths attached to their persona. Today, we shall discover few rare and unknown facts about tigers. We also need to bust a few myths related to this wild cats.
1. The Largest Cat
A domestic house cat is much smaller than a tiger. Indeed, the tigers hold the position of the largest cats walking the earth. Their weight can go up to 650 pound. In length, a healthy grown tiger can reach up to 3.5 meters. That is almost two average heighted human beings. Just imagine a Tiger sleeping across you…. Pretty big!
2. Tigers are Nocturnal
Most tigers are gifted with perfect eyesight for the night time. As a matter of fact, they prefer to engage in all their hunting activities by the night. By day time, they rest and protect their territory. Although, it does not guarantee by any means that a tiger may not hunt by the day.
Fun Fact: The night vision of a tiger is 6 times as strong as that of humans.
3. Tigers see Colors
Felids were considered color blind until a recent research study has concluded that tigers may be able to perceive dulls like green, blue and yellow. They can also have vision in various shades of grey, black and white. Yet, it is a debatable topic for animal scientists.
4. Tigers are Born Blind
Tiger cubs when they are born are unable to have vision. They merely attempt to follow the scent of their mothers. As a consequence, most cubs are unable to keep up with their mother’s activities, and may get lost and die of hunger.
5. The Antiseptic Saliva
Tigers, when wounded are known to lick their wounds. Wondering how does that help? Well, the tiger has an antiseptic saliva, which when applied to its wounds, can kill the infection causing bacteria, and the wound heals itself overtime. Nature has its own way to recover for its losses.
Like the title suggests, tigers are stylish predators. A group of tigers is called an ambush or a streak. And interestingly, tigers like to hunt by ambush. They thoroughly enjoy a surprise kill, and hunting in a manner where the victim is unaware of their presence.
7. The Imitation Game
Tigers lull their prey into their trap, by imitating their sounds. Tigers are known to attract preys like bears and sambhar. This is one of the most interesting facts about wildlife. And pretty intriguing!
8. The Beautiful Coat
Tigers wear two coats of fur. The one just above the skin and muscles helps them keep insulated from extreme temperatures. While the one above it, with the black brown or grey stripes, helps them camouflage within the surroundings. Interestingly, the tiger’s stripes are also present on the skin of the animal.
9. The Group Myth
The big cat is known to be a solitary creature. Thus, it is a myth that tigers live in groups alike lions. Though they do have families and groups, but they are not permanent. They prefer being on their own. Independent much.
10. Tiger Stripes Fact
Just like our human finger prints, tiger stripes are unique. No two tigers will ever share a same stripe pattern. And the myth that tigers stripes show similarity under same DNA of a child and parents, is completely false.
11. Tigers Prey, but not on cat
The curious fact is now revealed. It says tigers do not prey on cats. That is in general, one animal does not prey on its fellow species. But that does not mean that a lion or a tiger might not kill a cat. Animals do kill for enjoyment, and at times, the tiger too can kill a cat. Be assured, the cat won’t be eaten by the tiger ever.
12. Tigers are super swimmers
It is believed that a tiger is more zealous and powerful, when in water. It loves to play and swim. And if it gets a chance, it will not miss a hunt when in water.
These were few interesting facts about tigers. It is one of the most endangered species today, and we do not wish to see them just in photographs, after a few years. Spread awareness about this beautiful animal, and help save tigers.