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…having a strrrrrretch!! ♥

Whiskers are a strong indication of a tiger’s mood, with those of a calm cat turning down and at right angles to the face, while an angry animal has whiskers which are erect and widespread. (this guy was just having a scratch and a stretch!)

Asian tradition has long held the erroneous belief that whiskers give courage to the wearer, prevent the pain of toothache, and are an aphrodisiac. Even today these traditions are firmly held by native peoples, who also carry tiger whiskers as charms to protect against bullets.

Not even preserved animals like the Smithsonian Institution’s Bengal tiger is safe from these beliefs. Despite the whiskers on their display being only fibreglass, tourists continually remove them, either as souvenirs, or for use in traditional folk medicines. Maintenance on the tiger involves regular replacement of these lost whiskers.

Sumatran Tiger


  • Nikon D70 (Duds) – Auto
    Focal Length 200.0mm
    Exposure 1/60 (0.017s)
    Aperture f/5.6
    AF Zoom-Nikkor Lens
    ED 28-200mm
    f/3.5-5.6G IF

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cat, yawn, tiger, whiskers, critters, whiskars

…i’m a patient observer ;-)

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  • lollipoppins
    lollipoppinsover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!

  • cmsdesign
    cmsdesignover 5 years ago

    Wow! Such a stunning catpure! What an amazing animal and a beautiful shot.

  • Sooty6
    Sooty6over 5 years ago

    very nice

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 5 years ago

    that’s on my list of fav tiger parts. those whiskers! heehee

  • ViktoryiaN
    ViktoryiaNabout 5 years ago

    Powerful and cute at the same time!

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    berndt2almost 5 years ago


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    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • jodi payne
    jodi payneover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot!!

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