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The following is a report on tigers. The author wrote this report to "HELP THE TIGERS!" We hope that after you read this report you will want to help to support the few tigers that are left. Thank you and enjoy!

There are a few different kinds of tigers: Sumatran, Siberian, Indo-Chinese, South China and last but not least the Bengal tiger.

Most tigers are dark orange with black stripes and white trim. Others are white with chocolate brown stripes. They are big and husky and have blue or yellow eyes.

Tigers are not very tame. That is one of the reasons why people think of tigers as big and deadly. Yes, they are a deadly hunter.

Where do tigers live?
Tigers live in the wild in the following countries: Russia, China, India, and parts of Asia. Or they live in public zoos.

What is a tiger's habitat?
A tiger's habitat is to live in a forest. Each tiger has their own territory and live alone in a den or cave.

Where did tigers come from?
The tiger originated from the saber tooth. Which lived in the ice age. It had big claws and two eye teeth that came out of the top of their mouth. They used them to kill and carry they're pray easier.

How do tigers mate?
Males and females don't live together. So how do they mate? When a female is ready to mate she uses a special scent that she puts on the edges of her territory. When a male smells this scent he goes into her territory looking for her. She makes small grunts and growls to show him where she is. Once he finds her they start playing and mating. They do this for a period of five days. After five days the male leaves. The female tiger prepares for her new cubs to be born after 100 days.

Two to six cubs can be born. They are born in a den, cave or a sheltered area in the tiger's territory. The cubs weigh about one pound each. They are weak, helpless and also blind. Their eyes are bright blue and open after a few days. Although their eyes are open, the cubs can't see properly until they are two months old. Tigers are mammals so baby cubs are fed with milk. They start to eat meat at two months old. At six months old they start going on hunting trips with their mother and watch to learn how to hunt for themselves. Female tigers have new litters every two years. So at two years old the cubs move out into their own territories.

How do tigers hunt?
Tigers hunt within their territories. They hunt by themselves, since they don't cooperate with other tigers. (That is why tigers live in their own territories.) So they must rely on their own ability to catch and kill its own prey for food.

What do tigers eat?
Deer is a tiger's prime source of food. But, they also eat wild pig, gaur (wild cattle), wild buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros, monkeys, hares, and even porcupine.

How big is a tiger?
An adult male tiger weighs about 420 pounds, and is 7 feet long head to rear. Females are one foot shorter, and weigh 100 pounds less. The biggest tiger ever measured weighed over 700 pounds and was nine feet long.

Quick tiger facts!

Q: Why do tigers have stripes?

A: To make it easier to blend in with their surroundings.

Q: What gender tiger is bigger?

A: A male tiger bigger than a female tiger.

Q: How fast do tigers run?

A: 34 mph

Q: How many tigers are left?

A: 6,000 tigers

The number of tigers living in the wild is dwindling everday. This is a crisis that will not go away unless humans act to protect and preserve this precious animal. Please pass this information on to others and participate in helping to save the tiger.

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Tigers Jean-Pierre Zwaenepoel copyright 1992 chronicle books

Tigers Timothy Biel copyright 1987 creative education

Killer creatures Vaughn copyright 2001 company Rain Tree publishers

Tiger Simon Barns copyright 1994 Great Britain

Tigers Patricia Hunt copyright 1981 skylight books

Tiger Valmik Thapar copyright 1986 Facts on file

Contributed by Tiffany G., Age 12, for the Kids 4 Tigers

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