Today is International Tiger Day! To celebrate we’re sending out a big ROAR to tell all tigers that we think they’re awesome. Check out the list below to find ten reasons why tigers are the coolest cats around.
1) Tigers are the largest cat species in the world reaching up to 3.3 meters in length and weighing up to 670 pounds!
2) Tigers are easily recognizable with their dark vertical stripes and reddish/orange fur.
3) The Bengal tiger is the most common tiger.
4) Tigers live between 20-26 years in the wild.
5) Adult tigers generally live alone.
6) Unlike most other cats, tigers are great swimmers and actually like the water.
7) Cubs are born blind and only open their eyes 1-2 weeks after birth.
8) Cubs start learning to hunt at six months of age but stay with their moms until they are about 18 months old.
9) Tigers are stalk and ambush hunters; they lie in wait slowly creeping towards their prey until they are close enough to pounce.
10) Tigers communicate using scent markings, visual signals and lots of sounds like roars, growls, snarls, grunts, moans, mews and hisses.