19 Interesting Facts about Tigers you should know!
- Tigers are the biggest of all cat species.
- They can reach a length of up to 11 feet and weigh as much as 300 kilograms.
- Tigers generally live up to 10–15 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.
- Three of the nine subspecies of the modern tiger are now extinct. The remaining six are all classified as endangered species.
- The name ‘tiger’ is taken from the Greek word ‘tigris,’ which means a fast running animal.
- A group of tigers is known as a ‘streak’ or ‘ambush.’
- Tigers can run at a speed of 49-65 kilometres per hour.
- A tiger can leap up to a distance of 10 metres.
- Tigers are excellent swimmers and can swim up to 6 kilometres without taking a break.
- The canines of a tiger may be as long as four inches.
- Most tigers have more than 100 stripes.
- The patterns on tigers are unique to each animal and can be used to identify an individual tiger.
- White tigers have blue eyes while the others have yellow eyes.
- A tiger’s night vision is six times stronger than that of human beings.
- A male tiger’s territory can be five times larger than its female counterpart’s.
- You can hear a tiger roar over a mile away!
- A tiger can eat 100 pounds of meat a night!
- Tiger cubs are born blind and weak. Within eighteen months or so, they become powerful enough to make their own killing.
- When tigers are mated with lions, they give birth to hybrids known as tigons and ligers.
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