Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Bengal tiger

The Bengal tiger (also known as the Royal Bengal tiger) is a subspecies of tiger, found in the Indian subcontinent. It is the national animal of Bangladesh and is considered, when fully grown, at nine feet, to be the second largest tiger in the world.
These big cats have a magnificent appearance. The coat color of this kind of jungle cats is reddish orange with narrow black/ gray and or brown stripes, generally in a vertical direction. The underside is white; a rare variant has a chalky white coat with darker stripes and icy blue eyes.
These carnivorous predators are dominant. The predators of the jungle cat are hunted by being stalked until  the tiger feels the opportunity to catch there prey off guard. Jungle tigers primarily hunt larger mammals including deer, wild boar, cattle and goats. To kill, the tiger raps its jaws around the prey's neck then snaps it. Then drags it away.
Bengal tigers are found in Bangladesh, India. They are known to live in both the grasslands and heated areas of the deserts where it’s wet and cool. These tigers are the most numerous species of tiger in Asia and is found in dense forests and mangrove swamps and jungles throughout Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Although the Bengal tiger's range today is much smaller than what it once was. Due to the size and power of the tiger, it has no natural predators in its native environment. Humans that hunt these cats and habitat loss are the only threats to the  tigers.
Today, due to habitat loss caused by deforestation, and hunting by human poachers, they are considered to be an endangered species. Despite being the most common of all the other tiger species. There are to be around 2,000 or less left in the wild.  
Tigers are seated up high in the top-of-the-food-chain. When a tiger has eaten its prey, the abandoned prey becomes the food for a variety of mammals such as birds and reptiles.

Some cultures believe that powdered tiger bones have medicinal values. Unfortunately, tigers are highly in demand to supply this damaging market.


Paige said...

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