Tigers are one of the most iconic creatures on the planet. They are the largest cat species residing on earth till date. This untamed Hunter weighs up to 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 beginning of the 20th century, the global population in the wild was around 100,000. After a slow decline in the population because of destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, now it is estimated to be between 3,062 and 3,948 people.
Listed below are ten fascinating 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 km (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 odor, 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. When a tiger is happy, they squint or close their eyes completely. They do this only when they feel safe and comfortable as losing eyesight lowers tigers defenses.
- Tigers can imitate other animals to attract their prey
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’s found a meal for itself, the tiger attacks. (that’s scary!)
- All Tigers have yellow eyes, except the ones that are white, have blue eyes
The gene for blue eyes and white fur is connected together, so white tigers are likely to have blue eyes than yellow.
- Tiger have spiked penises
Tigers’ penis is unable to become erect when stimulated! As Male penises’ have a baculum (a bone located inside) covered with barbs. The prickly bone, aid in”maintaining the connection” 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 harm. Tigers front paw is strong enough to–either smash a Bears’ skull or breaks its back. (lovely!)
- Tiger comes in variety of colors
Due to the difference in genes of hair color of a tiger, its color can change from its regular black and orange colouration. A tigers coat may be white, gold, black and even blue. The blue tigers are called as Maltese tigers, but there isn’t any proof that a tiger with such a special colouration even existed!
- Tiger have short term memories
Tigers have a short term memory of about 30 times longer than humans. That means they can recall a thing for a longer time and do not forget as quickly as we do. (Is not that great?)
The forehead of a tiger consists grouping of stripes which 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 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 enormous 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 around 180 kg (400 lbs).