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Tigers

Sumatran Tiger By Nichollas Harrison
[CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sumatran Tiger  By Nichollas Harrison (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Male tiger in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India

By Koshy Koshy (Flickr: Male Tiger Ranthambhore) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Male tiger in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India  By Koshy Koshy (Flickr: Male Tiger Ranthambhore) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tigers are the largest cat species.

Unlike most other cats, tigers like water.

Tiger stripes are like fingerprints. No two have the same stripe pattern.

Tigers are the only cat that is completely striped – meaning that they even have stripes on their skin.

A group of tigers is known as an ‘ambush’ or ‘streak’.

Tigers scratch trees and use their urine to mark their territories. Their urine smells strongly of buttered popcorn.

Tigers have similar marks on their forehead that looks like the Chinese symbol for king

Tigers have ‘eye spots’ – that is, a white spot on the back of their ears that look like eyes and tricks predators into thinking that the tiger is looking at them.

There are six subspecies of tigers alive today—Bengal, Siberian (or Amur), Sumatran, Malayan, Indochinese, and South China—and three that are extinct (Caspian, Bali and Javan). But new research suggests there should be only two—continental and sunda—with continental including all Asian tigers and sunda all those living on islands.

The space between a tiger’s stripes (stripe density) varies by subspecies, with the stripes on a Sumatran tiger closer together than any other subspecies.

Only one tiger hunt is successful for every 10 or 20 attempts.

You can hear a tiger’s roar from two miles away.