Everything you need to know about tigers: 5 surprising facts about the world's largest cats

By Jurassic JennJun 22, 2024 13:37 PMAnimals
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Everything you need to know about tigers
Everything you need to know about tigers. Source: www.ranthamborenationalpark.com

The tiger is a carnivorous mammal of the cat family, one of five species of the panther genus, which belongs to the subfamily of big cats. It is one of the largest terrestrial predators, second only to polar and brown bears in terms of body weight.

News Bytes writes, "We decided to introduce you to some interesting facts about the life and habits of these fierce predators. Here's what you definitely didn't know about them."

Tigers like to swim and play in the water

Unlike most domestic and wild cats, tigers love water. They can swim for hours and also hunt in it. This art is taught to little tiger cubs by their mothers at an early age.

By the way, a tiger can swim up to 30 kilometers in a day without any problems.

Tiger cubs are born blind

Did you know that tiger cubs are born blind by nature and follow the scent of their mother tigress everywhere? And this is the main reason why only a few of them survive and the rest die. Those who are weaker die of hunger and thirst or are killed by adult tigers.

Tigers mate with other big cats

As strange as it may sound, tigers can mate with other big cats. In fact, a male tiger can breed with a female lion, and their offspring are called "tigons".

Tigons are the largest cats in the world, even larger than ligers, and are born when a male lion mates with a female tiger. Such crossbreeding is encouraged in many countries.

Tiger saliva has antiseptic properties

Tiger saliva, like the saliva of domestic cats, is an antiseptic that contains lysozyme enzymes, which reduces the inflammatory process in wounds and infections. That is why tigers lick themselves so thoroughly when they are injured.

Tigers do not consider humans as prey

Tigers are shy and avoid people whenever possible. When they see rangers patrolling the territory in reserves, they hide in the bushes.

Attacks on humans occur when tigers are injured, very hungry, facing environmental damage, or defending their territory.

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