September 07, 2012

Facts: Tiger Lady

  • Contrary to popular belief, predatory male bears—not the mothers—are responsible for most of the fatal black bear attacks in North America.

  • As the population continues to grow in North America, black bear attack rates continue to grow. 86% of fatal attacks have occurred since 1960.

  • Since 1900, there have been 63 fatal attacks on humans by black bears in North America.

  • While there are fewer grizzly bears than black bears in North America, they are responsible for many more fatal attacks.

  • Bears love water and love to swim. A polar bear was recording swimming continuously for 9 days, covering over 400 miles.

  • Each species of bear has slightly different claws as each uses them differently. Black bears have curved and strong claws to grab prey, pry apart bark and climb. Grizzly bears have longer and straighter claws.

  • Tigers can run up to 35 miles per hour.

  • Every tiger has a different pattern of stripes, and can be identified by their unique pattern.

  • The average weight of a tiger depends on the subspecies with the smallest being around 143 pounds and the largest being at about 650 pounds.

  • White tigers are not albino. They are white because of a recessive gene and have blue to light blue eyes whereas albino tigers have pink eyes.

  • A cat's whiskers are filled with nerve endings and are extremely sensitive to changes in its surroundings. It uses its whiskers to tell them if their prey's pulse is gone and also to help them sense the slightest movement all around them.

  • Tigers have about 30 teeth ranging from two to three inches in length.

  • A tiger's bite is extremely strong—about 1,000 pounds per square inch!

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