Tiger Staredown

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  • The tiger is the biggest species of the cat family.

  • Tigers can reach a length of up to 3.3 metres (11 feet) and weigh as much as 300 kilograms (660 pounds).

  • Subspecies of the tiger include the Sumatran Tiger, Siberian Tiger, Bengal Tiger, South China Tiger, Malayan Tiger and Indochinese Tiger.

  • Many subspecies of the tiger are either endangered or already extinct. Humans are the primary cause of this through hunting and the destruction of habitats.

  • Around half of tiger cubs don’t live beyond two years of age.

  • Tiger cubs leave their mother when they are around 2 years of age.

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

  • Tigers are good swimmers and can swim up to 6 kilometres.

  • Rare white tigers carry a gene that is only present in around 1 in every 10000 tigers.

  • Tigers usually hunt alone at night time.

  • Tigers have been known to reach speeds up to 65 kph (40 mph).

  • Less than 10% of hunts end successfully for tigers

  • Tigers can easily jump over 5 metres in length.

  • Various tiger subspecies are the national animals of Bangladesh, India, North Korea, South Korea and Malaysia.

  • There are more tigers held privately as pets than there are in the wild.

  • Tigers that breed with lions give birth to hybrids known as tigons and ligers.

    http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/tiger.html

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