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Bengal Tiger

December 3, 2022

The Bengal Tiger is a big cat with a yellowish coat, stripes covering the body, and rings circling its tail. The cat is found mainly in the Indian continent. The population is relatively stable, with reports showing 2,500 individuals left in 2011. In 2018, a report indicated that the numbers had grown to about 3,600 individuals.

Fun Facts:

  • It is known by the scientific name Felis Tigris and is native to the Indian subcontinent, including Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and southwest China.
  • A white tiger is a rare recessive species of the Bengal Tiger; it is not an occurrence of albinism. The only true albino Bengal Tiger was reported in 1849, but it was a dead specimen.
  • The Bengal Tiger has been deemed the national animal of India and Bangladesh.
  • Each tiger has a unique set of stripes, just as our fingerprints are unique to us.
  • The National History museum has fourteen exhibits of Bengal Tiger skins with 21 to 29 stripes.
  • According to observation reports from Chitwan National Park, a Bengal Tiger's territory is inherited by its offspring upon the resident's death.
  • They are generally solitary cats that live and hunt individually; most grouped sightings are mostly of mothers and their offspring.
  • Mom will spend the first 2-3 years with her cubs. Once they leave, mom will be ready to breed again. There are no designated breeding seasons; these tigers can reproduce at any time of the year.
  • Bengal Tigers have been known to attack other predators when prey is scarce, such as leopards and wolves.






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