Tigers are one of the most iconic creatures on the planet. They are the largest cat species alive in the world till date. This untamed Hunter weighs around 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 percent of their species were destroyed. At the beginning of the 20th century, the global population in the wild was around 100,000. After a gradual decline in the population due to destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, now it’s estimated to be between 3,062 and 3,948 people.
Listed below are ten interesting and unusual facts about the tiger (belonging to the Panthera household ):
- Tigers’ pee smells like popcorn
Tigers’ are territorial creatures leading a solitary life. A tigress has a land of 20 kilometers (7.7 sq.. Miles), while the man covers approximately 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 scent, a tiger can determine the urine’s owner.
- Tigers can’t purr
Tigers, essentially belong from the cat family. But, do they purr?? No, they don’t. They do so only when they feel safe and comfortable as losing vision 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 sound of a bears’ prey. As the bear approaches believing it has found a meal for itself, the tiger attacks. (that’s scary!)
- All Tigers have yellow eyes, except the white ones, have blue eyes
The gene for blue eyes and white fur is connected together, so white tigers will probably have blue eyes compared to yellow. Anyway, the gene of blue eyes and cross-eyes are connected, so white tigers have cross blue-eyes.
Tigers’ penis is unable to become erect when aroused! As Male penises’ have a baculum (a bone located inside) covered with barbs. The prickly bone, aid in”maintaining the relationship” between male and female during copulation.
Tigers use their 10 cm long teeth to crush a victims’ throat! A single attack is enough to cause severe damage. Tigers front paw is strong enough to–either smash a Bears’ skull breaks its back. (lovely!)
- Tiger comes in variety of colors
Due to the difference in genes of hair colour of a tiger, its color can change from its usual black and orange coloration. A tigers coat may be white, gold, black and even blue. The blue tigers are known as Maltese tigers, but there is no evidence that a tiger with such a unique coloration even existed!
Tigers have a short term memory of about 30 times more than humans. That means they can remember a thing for a longer time and don’t forget as quickly as we do. (Isn’t that great?)
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 produce hybrids
According to genetic research, male lions have the ability 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 huge liger! A liger can weigh up to 1000 pounds and reach a length of 11.5ft! A female lion and a male tiger will produce a smaller Tigon, and they weigh around 180 kg (400 pounds ).