The hook-shaped projections, called “papillae,” curve toward the tiger’s throat.
This makes the tongue so coarse, that with just a few licks, a tiger can strip off flesh down to the bone. (source)
Though we are not sure why they have those, it is believed that these eye-like markings are a form of intimidation against other animals trying to sneak upon them. (source)
Such is the effect of the roar, that even experienced human trainers feel paralyzed upon hearing it.
When pitted against a lion, tigers usually have an upper hand as they can stand up on their hindquarters while leaping for the throat straight away.
The most famous tiger revenge story is that of a Russian poacher, Vladimir Markov, who, in the winter of 1997, wounded a tiger and stole part of its kill. The vengeful tiger found out the poacher’s cabin, destroyed his belongings, waited at least half a day for him to return, then killed and ate him. (source)
Statistics show that about 2.1% of the Siberian tiger’s annual diet constitutes of Ussuri brown bears and Asian black bears.
After mating, the male tiger wanders away. The female gives birth and raises the cubs on her own.
The gene that causes this color pattern is so rare that currently, no known golden tigers exist in the wild. The rare gene that causes this must be present in both parents. Because of that, this condition is mainly the result of inbreeding. The 30 or fewer golden tigers that are alive today have been born and raised in captivity. (1,2)
In captivity, tigons have produced two, second-generation hybrids called a “titigon” and “litigon.” Titigons resulted from the cross between female tigons and male tiger, and litigons were bred by crossing female tigons and male lion. (1,2)
In the early 20th century, a single tiger killed 436 people in Nepal and India. Known as the “Champawat Tiger,” this Bengal tiger is even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as causing the highest number of fatalities by a single tiger. (1,2)
Since ancient times, Chinese culture has associated tigers with the powerful male principles of courage, bravery, dignity, and austerity.
The tiger is an integral part of Chinese culture even today. So, during the Year of the Tiger, children have the character wang (王) painted on their foreheads to promote vigor and health. (source)