The most inter­est­ing facts about tigers con­cern their unsur­passed strength. Because of this, they have become one of the most famous preda­tors in the world, being the largest feline. The tiger is more pow­er­ful than 13 peo­ple. A tiger can kill a 770 kg Indi­an gaur bull and can drag its car­cass for a long dis­tance, demon­strat­ing great strength.

facts about tigers

10. If the lion is the king, the tiger is the head of the army

The Com­man­der-in-Chief is the posi­tion that has supreme com­mand and con­trol over the mil­i­tary forces of a king­dom or nation. Unlike the leader of a king­dom, the chief must make real-time deci­sions about bat­tle strate­gies, tac­tics, and exe­cu­tion. The Tiger is a com­bi­na­tion of intel­li­gence, lead­er­ship, and skilled fight­ing abil­i­ty. In most folk­lore, in addi­tion to strength, tigers are seen as vil­lain­ous, cal­cu­lat­ing, rude, and strate­gi­cal­ly smart. This is evi­dent from their habi­tat and hunt­ing style.


9. Tigers are considered the smartest of the big cats.

Tigers have phys­i­cal­ly large brain cav­i­ties, demon­strat­ing high­er intel­li­gence than oth­er preda­tors. One of the most inter­est­ing facts about the tiger is that it is very strate­gic when hunt­ing, unlike oth­er big cats. Their diet includes both small agile ani­mals and hefty buf­faloes. Depend­ing on the prey, they change their hunt­ing strat­e­gy. For deer, tigers calm­ly and patient­ly wait for the right time to attack. When they hunt large ani­mals, they wait for the bull or buf­fa­lo to fight off the group, or iso­late them with a fake attack.

Inter­est­ing arti­cle: 10 most intel­li­gent ani­mals

tiger running on water

Dur­ing a fight with a croc­o­dile, the tiger will hit not on the neck, but on the soft stom­ach, real­iz­ing that it can­not break through the strong scales. These amaz­ing ani­mals, in addi­tion to hunt­ing, also have a strong mem­o­ry. The short-term mem­o­ry of tigers lasts thir­ty times longer than that of the aver­age human. Because of this, they remem­ber much more than we humans do.

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8. Rivalry with wolves

In their ecosys­tem, tigers dom­i­nate most oth­er preda­tors. In a recent study, it was found that Siber­ian tigers may be caus­ing the local extinc­tion of wolves. Many eye­wit­ness­es claimed that the wolves were killed by Siber­ian tigers not for meat, but to do away with com­pe­ti­tion. As a result, wolf and tiger habi­tats rarely over­lap. If a tiger enters the ter­ri­to­ry of the wolves, they will either leave or be killed.

tiger and wolves

7. The tongue of a tiger is like scissor paper.

In tigers, the tongue is cov­ered with many small, sharp pro­jec­tions called papil­lae. These papil­lae are rough tex­tured and help them tear through the skin, bones, fur, and flesh of their prey. Tigers love to lick paint right off the walls of their zoo enclo­sures. But when a friend­ly tiger licks you, you have noth­ing to wor­ry about: like domes­tic cats, tigers often lick oth­er tigers or the peo­ple they love. They also use lick­ing as a way to relieve anx­i­ety, much like we hug!

tiger tongue

6. Tigers hunt bears

The unde­ni­able fact is that in the wild, tigers eas­i­ly dom­i­nate oth­er preda­tors such as wolves, leop­ards and bears. But you will be sur­prised when you learn about the unusu­al inter­ac­tion of Siber­ian tigers and Ussuri bears. These big cats hunt and kill bears! The Ussuri bear makes up 1.4% of the Siber­ian tiger’s diet.

tiger and bear

5. The roar of a tiger can paralyze its prey.

The threat­en­ing roar of a tiger can par­a­lyze an ani­mal that hears it. The roar of a tiger is intend­ed for dif­fer­ent pur­pos­es: attack or warn­ing, irri­ta­tion, anger or fear, search­ing for a mate. All of these vocal­iza­tions have dif­fer­ent sounds and vary in vol­ume. Tigers most­ly live in forests and their ter­ri­to­ries are small­er than those of lion prides. The roar of a lion can be heard at greater dis­tances than the roar of a tiger due to few­er nat­ur­al obsta­cles. But the roar of the tiger sounds scari­er.

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tiger roar

4. Tigers are gentlemen

An inter­est­ing fact about tigers is that they share food, unlike lions. Although tigers are soli­tary ani­mals, they some­times come into con­tact with oth­er tigers. When this hap­pens, male tigers will share food, giv­ing pri­or­i­ty to females and cubs. This is an inter­est­ing case of respect­ful behav­ior in the ani­mal king­dom, as males of oth­er ani­mal species pose a threat to females and young when it is not mat­ing sea­son.


3. Eyes

Tigers have the bright­est eyes in the world of any oth­er ani­mal. In the dark or in the beam of a torch, they flare up with amaz­ing force. Tigers pre­pare to hunt until night because their night vision is six times bet­ter than humans due to the adap­ta­tion of the reti­na, which reflects light.

eyes of the Tiger

2. Unique stripes

Most types of cats have marks both on the coat and on the body. The unique stripe pat­tern on the tigers tru­ly reflects an iden­ti­ty, much like a per­son­’s fin­ger­prints. Even if you had to shave off the tiger’s fur, the marks would still be vis­i­ble.

stripes on wool

1. A symbol of strength, cruelty and protection

The tiger is the true embod­i­ment of an ele­gant yet dan­ger­ous wild ani­mal. He received the badge of brav­ery, as the true mean­ing of strength. This is the apex preda­tor, the hor­ror of the jun­gle, which every­one fears, invin­ci­ble and unstop­pable.

symbol of strength

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, in this human-dom­i­nat­ed world, where forests and wildlife are con­stant­ly shrink­ing due to the grow­ing demand on the black mar­ket, the ani­mal is in great dan­ger — and this is the sad­dest fact on our list.

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