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Tigers are a fascinating, and endangered, animal. They develop fast, and go off on their own when they’re mature. Tigers live in various climates, and eat various things as well. They are very strong, and have amazing energy. Not only are they magnificent to watch, but there are many interesting, and not well known, facts about them.
Tiger cubs, at birth, are blind and cannot do anything for themselves. They only weigh about three or four pounds, and are cared after until they mature. After the age of two, tiger cubs go off and fend for themselves. An adult tiger weighs, on average, 420 pounds and can be nine feet long, and the adult female, 300 pounds and eight feet long, both with tails as long as three…show more content…
Tigers can swim for three miles without resting. They have also swam from island to island. Their roar can also be heard from up to two miles away, and sometimes farther. Many people do not know some of the amazing facts about tigers.
Tigers are the biggest member of the cat family, with lions coming in at a close second. Their paw pads are very sensitive and are easily damaged, which prevents them from following prey that may wonder on such things as rocks that are hot. Another interesting fact about the tiger is that there are no white tigers left in the wild, only in captivity. On top of that, all of the white tigers in captivity came from the same female, which was caught in 1952. White tigers are not true albinos because they lack pink eyes; theirs are blue. Tigers and lions have actually mated in captivity. The offspring of a male tiger and a female lion is called a Tigon, and offspring of a male lion and a female tiger is called a Liger.
Tigers are getting more and more scarce. In the world today, there are about 12 Javan tigers still alive, and less than 110 Siberian tigers. Their only needs in life are water, food, and shade, so this is definitely not the cause of their near extinction. The number of tigers in the world is decreasing because of hunters that like the fur. Tigers are rarely shot for attacking humans, for they
I was excited when my father decided to take us to Bandipur National Park during the summer holidays. It had been a dream of mine. I packed my camera, a pair of binoculars and a copy of The Book of Indian Birds by Salim Ali among other things.
On May 21, as dawn broke, my parents and I started for the National Park from Mysore in a taxi. It was a 90-minute smooth drive. At the check post, we changed over to a van and went into the forest. As soon as we entered the trail, we were greeted by a Crested Hawk Eagle hovering over a cluster of trees. It is a bird of prey, with a slender brown and white body and black streaks. It has a long, narrow crest behind its head. Then we saw a solitary Sambar deer looking intently at us. We moved ahead and saw a peacock in all its splendour strutting and posing for our cameras. A group of Hanuman langurs was jumping from tree to tree. In a clearing, a solitary gaur was grazing placidly as a Muntjac deer scampered across our path. This goat-sized deer with its reddish fawn coat barks like a dog. So it’s also called a barking deer. We saw a White-bellied Treepie with its beautiful chestnut body perched on a tree stump.
And then, we heard the alarm call of a Samber deer followed by the cackling of the langurs and peacocks. It was an indication that a tiger was on the prowl. A sense of alertness rose in us as we drove toward the distress call. Soon, our van shuddered to a stop. All the passengers crammed onto one side to look outside. A majestic tiger was cooling itself by a pool. It was just 30 feet away from us! I craned my neck to look at the animal, but many heads were blocking my view. More vehicles converged near the pool. Ten minutes later, the tiger got up and shook its body as it went back into the forest. It turned around one last time and looked at us disdainfully before running into the bushes.
This was the moment I was waiting for. I would never forget this trip. Thank you, dad!
Arvind Mahadevan, VII, Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi School, Punkunnam, Thrissur