According to “The Encyclopedia of The CAT”, by Bruce Fogle, big cats were considered protectors, and therefore strong and proud. Today we’ll learn more about the tiger, the biggest of the feline family.
Tigers, in case you didn’t know, are big, yet graceful felines with orange fur and black stripes. In some very rare cases, tigers with albino (an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair or eyes), which is only caused in Bengal tigers, are white with brown stripes and blue eyes. Beautiful, yet it comes with many health problems. Like I already mentioned, tigers are the biggest of the felines. Adult tigers are 2.3 to 4 feet tall. Adult male tigers are 8.2 to 13 feet long, and females are 6.6 to 9 feet long. Amazingly, a male tiger can weigh 200 to 670 pounds. A female can weigh 140 to 370 pounds.
A tiger’s lifespan can range from 16 – 18 years in captivity. In the wild, a tiger can live from 10–15 years. A female tiger can give birth to two to four cubs at a time on average, and can do so every two years. Survival is very difficult to tiger cubs, as there are many predators in the wild. The oldest tiger has been recorded to live to 26 impressive years.
Tigers live in the many rain forests, grasslands, savannas and mangrove swamps of Asia. Tigers don’t mind the water as much as most other felines, and like to swim to cool off. There are currently six subspecies of tiger, including the Sumatran tiger, Amur tiger, Bengal tiger, Indochinese tiger, South China tiger, and Malayan tiger. Tigers are endangered and need our help. Donate, spread the word, or even help out in zoos! There are so many ways to help tigers. Together, we can make a difference.
The Feline Queen ❤️