The Bengal tiger lives in southern Asia. It is also known as the Indian tiger. They have short, glossy, reddish-tan coats with black stripes. The inside of the legs, the cheeks, and a large spot over each eye are white. It was hunted, captured, and poisoned to such an extent that it practically disappeared, there are about 2,750 in India, 300 in Bangladesh, 150 in Nepal, 50 in Bhutan, and several hundred in zoos. It is now strictly protected. Some males occupy a territory of 200 square miles. When there is enough food, the tiger lives in a much smaller territory. It lives in the forest, the grasslands, or the swamps.
The tiger attacks a variety of prey, mainly deer, antelopes, pigs, and buffalo. Once in awhile, it will attack cattle and even humans. There are many stories about the evils done by "man-eating" tigers. They're usually old tigers that are sick or wounded, and cannot hunt normally. The destruction of their natural environment and the disappearance of their usual prey may also cause them to attack humans. As soon as the tiger spots prey, it begins a slow and silent approach. When it is near its prey, it charges. It may jump onto the prey's back or pin it down with its powerful claws. It usually kills the prey by biting its throat or neck. Its strength is amazing; it can drag a prey weighing several hundred pounds as much as 1,500 feet to hide the dead animal in bushes or tall grass.
The tiger lives in several lairs. In one of them, the female brings her cubs into the world. From the time they are 8 weeks old, they join their mother on the hunt. At 6 months, they have learned how to kill. They can feed them-selves when they are 16 months old.
The only remaining tigers in Indonesia, Sumatran tigers are noted for long hair near the face. Stripes set close together and a narrow area of white on the belly also help set them apart. There are only some 600 in the wild and 170 in zoos worldwide.
With it's forward-facing eye sockets and small brain case, this tiger is believed to be a direct descendant of the original tiger. Reddish fur of medium length and broad strips are distinctive to this tiger. This tiger is on the brink of extinction, with some 30 remaining in the wild and 35 in Chinese zoos.
The largest of the tigers. a Siberian tiger can weigh more than 700 pounds and measure more than 13 feet from nose to tail. A thick layer of fat on its belly and flanks protect against extreme cold. It is also known as the Manchurian tiger. It has long yellowish fur on its neck and back with white fur on its belly and tail. This tiger is also nearly extinct. There are only about 150 on the wild and 1000 in zoos around the world.
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