Different animals have found different ways to survive in the wild. One of the most important aspects of survival is being able to find the food that they need, with many animals finding the nutrition they need from the vegetation around them. Others are predators and need to feed on meat. This means that Planet Earth is home to some truly incredible predators that have evolved to be able to catch and eat other animals. One of these is the tiger, and it is one of the most impressive predators of all. These very large cats are visually striking, thought by many to be one of the most beautiful creatures on Earth.
These fearsome predators prefer to live solitary lives, just occasionally meeting up with other tigers in their range. They are territorial, but not so fiercely that fights occur. The females make excellent mothers and will rear the cubs until they are around 2.5 years old. Once they are able to live independently, the cubs will disperse to find territories of their own as adults. Sadly, even these majestic cats are endangered even though conservation efforts are in place to help them.
The tiger has fascinated us for as long as we can remember, and many people have tried to learn as much as possible about them. They are truly amazing creatures and come associated with some incredible facts.
Tiger Fact #10: The Biggest Cats
Tigers are very big animals. In fact, they are the biggest cats living on the planet and even the mighty lion is not as large. The largest tiger species, the Siberian tiger, can weigh around 675 lbs and measure around 75-91 inches long. Females are smaller, weighing around 368 lbs and measuring around 63-71 inches long. For comparison, a male lion can expect to reach around 550 lbs in weight. There are smaller species of tiger, with the smallest being the Malaysian tiger which weighs around 285 lbs.
Tigers are not the largest cats ever to have lived on earth. The American lion, which went extinct at around the end of the last ice age, was larger than modern tigers. We have also found fragments of jawbone of what we call the pleistocene tiger, which would likely have weighed in excess of 1,000 lbs. The largest of all was the famous saber-toothed tiger, which would have weighed more than 1,100 lbs.
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