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Critically Endangered
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The Bengal tiger, or Royal Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris or Panthera tigris bengalensis) is a subspecies of tiger primarily found in Bangladesh, India, and also Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and southern Tibet.

The white bengel tiger is not an albino, it has blue eyes. The white coat and light features are caused by a recessive gene. Very few survive in the wild because they do not have the ability to camoflauge themselves in their suroundings. Sadly, there are those who breed them for their exotic looks all for money. Because they occur so rarely, many orange tigers die or are mistreated in the process.

Tigers are solitary hunters. They love the water, and are not afraid to chase their prey down into the water. In fact, this is how tigers often get food. The wait for an animal to be drinking at a water hole, then scares the animal into the water, where the tiger will chase it farther into deeper waters, making it easier to catch. Tigers have retractable claws. This enables them to walk through rocky, grassy, muddy, or sandy areas without dulling their claws, which they need to hunt with.

Tigers eat almost anything in their range that they can catch. Large and medium sized prey, ungulates, rabbits, wild boar, deer, buffalo, young elephants and rhinos, waterfowl, and elk, make up the majority of their diet. They stalk their prey, and pounce when they are about 30 feet from their quarry. They kill by a lethal bite to the back of the throat, which often dislocates the backbone and severs the spinal cord. Often, a lethal bite is applied to the throat, which cuts off air supply and asphyxiates (suffocates) the animal. Tigers can eat as much as 40 lb (18 kg) of meat in one sitting. Tigers, like other felines, need to eat some grass to provide nutrients and roughage.

Tigers will usually avoid humans because they do not provide much meat, and they prefer the taste of wild game. However, if a tiger becomes a maneater, there is usually a reason for it. One reason is that the tiger is very old, to the point where his teeth are worn down, and cannot catch wild game anymore. Humans are much easier to catch and kill, so they prey on humans. Another, more common reason, is the tiger was injured or sick, and can no longer hunt for itself. However, many tigers, like those that live in the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans, seem to have a taste for humans. No one knows why they do this, as these tigers are young and healthy. Some speculate that they are guarding their territory, others think that the salty waters in the marsh they drink makes them irritable. These tigers, however, do not come into human settlements, they only kill humans that have wandered too far into the mangrove forests. People who venture into the forests to gather wood and food wear masks on the backs of their heads since tigers only attack them from behind. Since they started this, the numbers of tiger attacks have been greatly reduced. However, once a tiger becomes a man-eater, it will not cease, and has to be destroyed to protect people.

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Comments

  • Glenna Walker
    Glenna Walkerover 5 years ago

    Oh wow…he is gorgeous…white tigers are my favorite!!!!!!!

  • dc witmer
    dc witmerover 5 years ago

    blue eyes, my kitty’s got blue eyes
    nice work Lisa

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image Lisa

  • annemarieL
    annemarieLover 5 years ago

    Wow! What a gorgeous big pussycat!! I just LOVE tigers and white ones are awesome!

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Looks like he is having an easy Sunday morning, great capture of him in his Sunday morning delight.

  • Kent Burton
    Kent Burtonover 5 years ago

    EXCELLENT WORK!!! Great work Lisa! What a gorgeous cat and this shot shows so much character! – Kent

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...over 5 years ago

    Beautiful animal!! wow!! excellent shot of this, and outstanding information

  • Beth A
    Beth Aover 5 years ago

    Great shot!!

  • DiEtte Henderson
    DiEtte Hendersonover 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness, this is a absolutley fabulous image. He just draws you in, makes you want to cuddle up with him. What a beautiful creature.

  • Jen Millard
    Jen Millardover 5 years ago

    Oh wow! This is incredible…reminds me of a house cat…rolling around. I Love these guys…wow

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