As the largest cat species of the genus Panthera, Tiger is a solitary animal that tend to live alone. The only time they live in group is when a mother raising her babies and teaching them how to hunt. Beside, they only can be seen in a pair during the mating season.
There are the second largest tiger that is live in India and Bangladesh, known as Bengal tiger. Let’s see and learn more about this species through the article!
Tiger tend to sleep a lot than other animal and that is a normal behavior! They need more than 16 hours every day for sleeping. What is the reason for?
In the wild, tiger needs a lot of energy when they have to chase the prey, hunt and eating. Not only that, they tend to have slower digestion because of the meat they consumed.
The Beauty of White Tiger
Uniquely, Bengal tigers are the only subspecies that come in different colors. It is the white bengal tigers which is a recessive mutant, but not occurrence of albinism. The white color caused by a lack of the pigment pheomelanin, which found in Bengal tigers with orange color.
The White Tiger is incredibly rare, which is why there are so few white tigers in the wild today. It is due to their color is dependent on a defective, recessive gene that is passed on from their parents.
When compared to Bengal tigers, the white Bengal tigers tend to grow faster and heavier than the orange Bengal tiger. They also tend to be somewhat bigger at birth, and as fully grown adults.
The Power of Tiger in India
In India, tiger is well respected. Bengal tiger is the national animal of India because of its rich cultural history and characteristics.
In Indian mythology, Goddess Durga uses the tiger as her vehicle and tiger symbolizes unlimited power. Durga is riding a tiger indicates that she possesses unlimited power and uses it to protect virtue and destroy evil. In riding this tiger Her bold pose is called Abhay Mudra, which means “free from fear”.
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