Tiger cubs, at birth, are blind and cannot do anything for themselves. They only weigh about three or four pounds, and are cared after until they mature. After the age of two, tiger cubs go off and fend for themselves. An adult tiger weighs, on average, 420 pounds and can be nine feet long, and the adult female, 300 pounds and eight feet long, both with tails as long as three feet. Females sexually mature at three and a half to four years old, and their gestation period is 98 to 109 days. Part of "growing up" for a tiger, is learning to hunt.
Tigers eat nearly anything they can get to. They eat mainly hoofed animals, but sometimes eat frogs, fish, and monkeys. They prefer such things as deer and wild pigs, but have been known to eat young rhinoceroses and elephants. Several tigers may share a single kill, and they eat everything except the bones and stomach of the prey. They like to live in swamps, rain forests, and thorn scrubs. Tigers are physically fit to live in their environments, and kill their prey.
To kill their prey, tigers either bite the prey's neck, or choke it by holding its throat. Besides being able to leap 13 feet and six feet into the air, having excellent sight and amazing hearing, tigers are also great swimmers. Tigers can swim for three miles without resting. They have also swam from island to island. Their roar can also be heard from up to two miles away, and sometimes farther. Many people do not know some of the amazing facts about tigers.
Tigers are the biggest member of the cat family, with lions coming in at a close second. Their paw pads are very sensitive and are easily damaged,... [continues]
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