Popular Myths About Tigers Debunked

  1. MYTH: White tigers are albino tigers.

    White tigers are not albino tigers or a separate subspecies of tiger, they are a rare form of Bengal Tigers that possess a recessive gene which makes them lighter.

  2. MYTH: Tigers have origins in Africa.

    Wild tigers never originally lived in Africa. While tigers may be found there today, modern tigers are all descendants of tigers from Asia.

  3. MYTH: Modern tigers are descendants of prehistoric saber-toothed tigers.

    Modern tigers are not descendants of prehistoric saber-toothed tigers. Despite the misleading name, the two are not very closely related.

  4. MYTH: Tasmanian tigers are tigers too!

    The Tasmanian Tiger is not actually a tiger. In fact, it's a marsupial!

  5. MYTH: Tigers often live in groups.

    Tigers do not live in permanent groups like lions do. For the most part, they live solitary lives except when females are raising cubs. Although rarely seen, the term for a group of tigers is a "streak".

  6. MYTH: Tigers regularly prey on humans.

    Tigers do not normally view humans as prey, but they will attack humans if threatened. In most cases where tigers purposefully prey on humans, it is because of the absence of the tiger's regular prey species due to habitat loss.

  7. MYTH: Tigers ROAR at their prey.

    Tigers do not normally roar at other animals. They especially do not roar at their prey because they like to use the element of surprise to attack. Tigers usually roar to communicate with distant tigers.

  8. MYTH: Tigers kill often.

    Tiger's hunts are only successful 1 in every 10-20 times. To add, an adult tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat in one meal and will often stay with its kill or bury it to return and dine over a period of days. It may not kill again for four or five days.

  9. MYTH: Tigers are cats, so they can purr!

    Like most big cats, Tigers can't purr.

  10. MYTH: Tigers do not like water.

    Tigers love water! Unlike most big cats, tigers are powerful swimmers and have been known to swim great distances to hunt or cross rivers.

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