Our Kids Video Book About Tigers
Interesting Video Book For Kids About Tigers
Panthera tigris, or in laymen’s terms, the tiger, is the biggest species of wild cat in the world. And their distinctive reddish-orange and white bodies with the black stripes, probably makes them one of the most recognizable.
There are five subspecies of the tiger; Bengal, South China, Indochina, Sumatran, and Siberian. Some of the species live in southeast Asia and India where it is very cold. Even though all tigers are now endangered, we have lost the Caspian, Bali, and Javan, completely.
The tiger’s population was once in the hundreds of thousands, but over the last 100 years, due to hunting and deforestation, the numbers of rapidly decline. The estimate is only around 2,500 of these animals left in their natural habitat. The tiger has also been hunted for their status as a trophy and for the many body parts that are considered medicinal in the Chinese culture.
The tiger is a magnificent beast! It can measure u p to 11 feet long (3.3 meters) and can weigh in at 660 pounds (3.3 meters). Tigers are very agile and will run up to 40 miles-per hour (65 kilometers). Unlike other cats, they are great swimmers and can swim around 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) in one sprint. Plus, this animal is an excellent pouncer and can easily make jumps over 16 feet (5 meters). Amazing!
Tigers prefer to live alone and are very territorial. They define their areas by using scent marking with their urine and by rubbing their scent on trees and other objects. The tiger is a night-time hunter. The unique striped patterns on their coat help them blend into the dark surroundings. To hunt this cat will lie in wait for its prey. It hunts buffalo, wild pigs and deer. Once the target is in sight, the cat will quietly stalk it, then when it is within reach it will pounce and take it down with power and strength. Even though the tiger can eat up to 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of food in one night, it oftentimes is not able to do so.
Although tigers have gotten the reputation of being “man-eaters” they are normally shy and solitary by nature and try to avoid all contact with people. If a tiger does prey on a human it is because it is too old or sick to take on the stronger animals it normally hunts.
The world of the tiger is a fascinating read and this is only the tip of the iceberg. To learn more about these wonderful big cats, check out the library, the internet or a nature program. It is well worth the time and you will be amazed at what you are sure to find.
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