22 Mindblowing Facts About Tigers

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1. A tiger’s legs are so powerful that they can remain standing even when dead.

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Tigers have been known to have been shot, bleed out, and die, all while standing up. Pretty crazy.

2. They are the largest of all the big cats, weighing up to 300k (700 pounds).

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Just a little size comparison for you. Look at dem paws.

3. If you look a tiger in the eyes he is less likely to kill you.

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Tigers prefer to hunt by ambush, so by looking a tiger in the eyes you are showing him you know he is there. Now he has lost the element of surprise, and will most likely go find something else to feast on. Because of this, men in India often wear masks on the back of their head with a second face.

4. Tigers are completely blind for the first week of their life. About half do not survive to adulthood.

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5. The white spot on the back of their ears is called an ocelli.

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In case you were wondering.

6. Tigers have antiseptic saliva.

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Let me disinfect you bro…

7. Tiger’s tongues make our tongues look tiny in comparison.

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The tiger’s tongue is covered with numerous small, sharp, rear-facing projections called papillae. These papillae gives the tongue is rough, rasping texture and is designed to help strip the skin, feathers, fur and meat right off its prey. They have been known to lick the paint right off the walls of their enclosures in the zoo.

8. Tigers are solitary creatures.

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Tigers are solitary animals, and it actually fairly rare to see them group together in the wild. The exception to this, of course, is a mother and her cubs.

9. Tigers are “nicer” than lions.

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Unlike lions, who would fight to the death over a kill, when a tiger crosses paths with another tiger while hunting, they often share the meal together. Also, when several tigers are present at a kill, the males will wait for females and cubs to eat first, again, unlike lions, which do the opposite. Tigers rarely argue or fight over a kill and simply wait turns.

10. Tigers have very diverse diets.

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Tigers feed on deer antelope, wild boar, and buffalo. But did you know they also eat a variety of birds, fish, rodents, small elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, and even leopards?

11. Tigers do not normally view humans as prey.

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Tigers will only attack a human if they feel threatened. Or if they’re really really hungry and you look delicious. 😉 But seriously, if you were to ever encounter a tiger in the wild, slowly back far, far away while keeping eye contact with him. Chances are you’re in his territory and he wants you to leave more than he wants to eat you.

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