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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tigers are the largest cats on Earth. They can weigh up to 720 pounds and stretch 6 feet long. While not quite as tall as a male lion, a male tiger is heavier and longer.

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Today's Random Fact:

A tiger's back legs are longer than its front legs, which makes it a running, jumping, and pouncing machine.

Tigers have over 100 stripes, which helps the tiger blend in with long grass. Like fingerprints, no two tigers have the same pattern.

Tigers can run as fast as 35 mph, but only for short distances. Most of their prey can outrun them, especially deer and antelope.




Bonus Fact:

A tiger can eat nearly 1/5 of its body weight in one meal-about 88 pounds. In one year, an adult male tiger can eat up to 8,000 pounds of meat.

Tigers have killed more people than either lions or leopards. During the 19th century, tigers may have killed hundreds of thousands of people.

The Sundarbans swamp forest on the border of India and Bangladesh is the tiger-attack capital of the world. Approximately 600 Bengal tigers live there, and they kill up to 100 people each year.

Because tigers usually attack their prey from the side or rear, some people living in rural India wear masks on the back of their heads.

Over the past one hundred years, over 95 percent of the tiger population has disappeared, leaving just 5,000 tigers in the world today. Their population is still decreasing due to poaching and habitat loss.

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