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Today is the International Tiger Day, and the sad part is we still have to aware the people about saving this giant feline. They are an indispensable asset for environmental and wildlife sustainability. Only a decade ago, the hunting of tigers was rampant and the ‘big cat’ was worn and adorned without remorse by the people who paid for it. Albeit poaching has reduced, it hasn’t been eradicated completely.
On this International Tiger Day let’s have a look on these 10 amazing facts about tigers:
1.A tiger’s legs are so powerful that they can remain standing even when dead.
2.If you look a tiger in the eyes he is less likely to kill you.
3.Tigers are completely blind for the first week of their life. About half do not survive to adulthood.
4.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.
5.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.
6.Tigers can leap distances of over 6m, and jump up to 5m vertically.
7.They have the 2nd largest brain of all carnivores, the largest being the brain of a polar bear.
8.Tigers’ short-term memory alone lasts about thirty times longer than humans’, and their memories are made with stronger brain synapses, meaning that they can remember more and do not forget things as easily as we do.
9.The white tiger has become even rarer in the wild due to trophy hunting or capture for the exotic pet trade.
10.It has been estimated that all the last remaining subspecies of tigers could become extinct in the wild in as little as 15 years.