- 1. Tigers Have Eyes With Round Pupils
- 2. Tiger’s Urine Smells Like Buttered Popcorn
- 3. Tigers Are Generous and Nicer Than Lions
- 4. Tiger Stripes are Unique
- 5. Tigers Should be the Real King of the Jungle
- 6. Tigers Love to Swim
- 7. Tigers Cannot Purr
- 8. Tigers Have Antiseptic Saliva
- 9. Tigers Have an Amazing Short Term Memory
- 10. Tigers Rarely Roar
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I am in a good mood writing you some of interesting and cool tiger facts that you may don’t know any of these.
1. Tigers Have Eyes With Round Pupils
Unlike domestic cats which are nocturnal, tigers are actually crepuscular which hunt primarily in the morning and evening. Well, if you have cats in your home, then you might know how they become more active in the night and spend most of their time lying on the sofa/carpet during the day.
2. Tiger’s Urine Smells Like Buttered Popcorn
If you have had yourself watching National Geographic Channel, you may realize that most of the cat family will mark their territory with urine to warn off others.
This also happens to the tigers. But one that makes them different is that their urine are actually smell of buttered popcorn. Hmm… yummy, right? Yuck.
3. Tigers Are Generous and Nicer Than Lions
Unlike lions and other cats whose leader (male) take the first bite of the meal, the tigers will generously let the female and cubs eat first.
We know that every cat have their own territory and feel so possessive about it. Some will fight to the death over a kill to protect it, just like what lions do. However, this is not going to happen with the tigers. When another tiger crosses paths while hunting, they often share the meal together.
4. Tiger Stripes are Unique
Each of humans fingerprint is different. Every little smudge singles of us out as distinct individuals among billions of other human beings. Even identical twins boast different fingerprints.
This also happens with the tigers. Each tiger has their own unique pattern of stripes.
But it doesn’t stop there. The stripes are also well printed in their skin. If you have a chance to shave all the fur (I know you don’t. :p), you will still be able to see its stripes on their skin.
5. Tigers Should be the Real King of the Jungle
I don’t feel it right if the title “king” is given to the lion, as the fact that tigers have one aspect that can represent them as the real king of the jungle. Now, look at the markings that appear on their forehead, you should find one letter that is the same as the Chinese character for “king”.
In addition, the Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world more than most of the lions, and all cats you can name.
Finding this convincing enough, right?
6. Tigers Love to Swim
Well, now try to put your cat into the pool. I’m pretty sure your cat will be scared to death and try to find the land right after. Yup, most cats hate water, but tigers love it. They are different. They live with it, play in it, and hunt in it.
7. Tigers Cannot Purr
If a cat purrs, it makes a soft low sound in its throat to show that it is pleased. But this won’t happen to the tigers which are unable to purr. So instead, they show their happiness by squinting or closing their eyes.
8. Tigers Have Antiseptic Saliva
No surprise, most of you probably think that saliva is full of bacteria produced by microbial growth in the mouth or even worse, I can use the word “disgusting” for it. Well, that is not true at all. Our saliva is 90 percent water. The remaining one percent, however, contains numerous substances important for digestion, and dental health.
Just like the human’s saliva, tigers also have the same. But it goes more advanced than us, as tigers’ saliva is all about antiseptic. When a tiger licks his wounds, the saliva doesn’t just clean, but also disinfects the area too.
9. Tigers Have an Amazing Short Term Memory
Tigers’ memory is just awesome. Imagine, tigers in general, have been found to have a better memory for several hundred times better than humans, primates, and other animals. Their memory can last about thirty times longer than humans’, and of course, they remember more and do not easily forget things.
Well, if only we have it, then say goodbye to the bad marks in school, because what we study last night, all of them are in the brain.
10. Tigers Rarely Roar
I guess most of you think that big cats often roar in many conditions. Well, tigers don’t. Tigers only roar to communicate with other tigers far away. You will never see them roar even if they feel threatened just like what the lions do. Instead, they will hiss similar to a house cat.
Those are 10 unusual tiger facts that will help you to grow better informed about these powerful beasts. At least, you will never go wrong in case you need to share what you know about the tigers to your children or friends.