A N I M A L

by stefani greenwood

Tigers are so cute and cuddly, no wait…  I mean tigers are obligate carnivores, are the largest of the big cats (tiger, lion, jaguar, and leopard) and can weigh up to 660 pounds.  But still they are pretty cute when they are babies born so tiny, blind and toothless.  Either way, Cute or Not, here are some facts:

– The patterns of their stripes are unique to each animal (this same pattern is also on their skin).

– Tigers have white spots on the back of their ears (Ocelli) that help in socially identifing the mental state to other tigers in a dense forest or in tall grass.

– Tigers can leap up to 30 feet, are excellent swimmers and have retractable claws.

– Most tigers are loners but if they do gather in a group they are called a streak.

– Three tiger subspecies – the Bali, Javan, and Caspian – have become extinct in the past 70 years. There are six subspecies left and they are all endangered with two critically endangered.

save tigers now / katt williams / william blake