10 Facts About Tigers You Didn’t Know
Tigers are among the most iconic creatures in the world. They are the largest cat species residing on earth till date. This untamed Hunter weighs around 670lb (306 kg) and has a total body length of 11 ft (3.3 m). In the past century, the Tigers were cornered to leave their area of habitat, and over 93 percent of their species were ruined. At the start of the 20th century, the global population in the wild has been around 100,000. After a slow decline in the population because of destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, now it’s estimated to be between 3,062 and 3,948 individuals.
Here are ten fascinating and unusual facts about the tiger (belonging to the Panthera family):
- 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 around 60 to 100 km (23 to 39 sq.. Miles). To mark their territories beginning and end, the adults scratch a tree and spray their urine that smells like buttered popcorn! From this scent, a tiger can determine the urine’s owner.
- Tigers can’t purr
Tigers, basically belong from the cat family. However, do they purr?? No, they do not. When a tiger is happy, they either squint or close their eyes completely. They do so only when they feel comfortable and safe as losing vision lowers tigers defenses.
Bears and tigers typically cross paths with each other since 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 strikes. (that’s scary!)
- All Tigers have yellow eyes, except the white ones, 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 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.
A single attack is enough to cause severe damage. Tigers front paw is robust enough to–either smash a Bears’ skull breaks its back. (lovely!)
Because of the difference in genes of hair colour of a tiger, its color may vary from its regular orange and black colouration. A tigers coat can be gold, white, black and even blue. The blue tigers are called as Maltese tigers, but there isn’t any evidence that a tiger with such a unique colouration even existed!
Tigers have a short term memory of approximately 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. (Isn’t 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 majestic animal-move over lions!
- Tiger mate with lions and other cats to produce hybrids
According to genetic research, male lions have the capacity to make large off-springs whereas female lions create smaller offspring. When a male lion has a sexual encounter with a female tiger, the result is a huge liger! A liger can weigh up to 1000 pounds and reach a length of 11.5feet! A female lion and a male tiger will generate a smaller Tigon, and they weigh approximately 180 kg (400 lbs).