Tigers are powerful and adaptable animals. To some they are regarded as a deity. Cubs learn quickly to become skilled hunters in order to survive. Despite their best efforts they are in danger of extinction.
Since ancient times the tiger has been revered as a deity in legends and myths of Asia. Its name is synonymous with valour and power. Myths of tigers grew in art and folklore. As a result the tiger’s body parts came to be perceived as cure-all remedies among medicine men of the orient. In Korea the tiger is deified as a mountain spirit and king of the beasts. In Java and Bali ancient kings were believed to assume the form of tigers and live in sacred ...view middle of the document...
Tigers are carnivores (meat eaters). A tiger’s teeth and jaws are so powerful they can snap bones in a single bite. They will normally attack their prey from behind or from the side. In Bangladesh tigers have been known to even attack humans. The people will wear two faced masks to not be attacked, because a tiger will not attack if they do not know which way their target is facing.
Cubs grow very quickly. After a few months the mother will begin to feed her cubs meat.They may weigh as much as a 180 pounds by the time they are about a year old. They begin joining their mother on hunts when they are between eight and ten months old. Tiger cubs learn hunting skills they will need when they are adults by watching their mother stalk prey. They also practice hunting skills by playing rough with each other. Cubs leave their mother when they are between two and three years old. Males normally find their own territory while females will sometimes stay with their mother.
Indo-Chinese tigers are one of the rarest of the tigers. There are only about 300 of them left in the wild. The South China tiger is the rarest of the subspecies, no one has seen this tiger in the wild for many years. There are only about fifty of them living in zoos in China. Tiger population is also decreasing because of habitat loss, and because of people clearing land for farms and factories, meaning less room for them to hunt and live.
In the early 1900’s there were almost 100,000 thousand tigers in the wild; now there are fewer than 4,000. Most of the tigers live in captivity rather than the wild. Some were killed for body parts but most of them were killed just for the sport of it. In the last century three subspecies were hunted to...