Can You Describe The Physiology Of The Tiger?


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Including the tail, an adult male tiger may measure some nine feet (3 meters) in length and weigh between 400 and 500 pounds (180 and 225 kilograms). The female is about a foot or so shorter and weighs about a hundred pounds (45 kilograms) less. Besides size, the full-grown male can be distinguished from the female by a ruff of long hair on the cheeks.

Excellent swimmers, tigers enjoy taking to the water on hot days. Under certain circumstances, a tiger may swim quite a distance from one island to another in search of prey.

The strength of tigers is simply amazing. They have been known to drag, for hundreds of feet, animal carcasses weighing 500 pounds (225 kilograms) or more. Also, this creature's ability to jump is astounding. In one leap, a tiger may cover a distance of fifteen feet (nearly 5 meters). One tiger reportedly jumped a seven-foot (two-meter) barrier and seized a man. Then, with the victim in its mouth, the animal passed back over the stockade without any difficulty.

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