The tiger is the largest member of the cat family. The Bengal tiger is one of the five surviving races of tiger.

Tiger Habits

Tigers live alone and move chiefly at night. If there are large animals to feed on then they make a kill about twice a week, but they have to kill more often if only small animals are available. They prefer deer, wild pigs and wild oxen, but will also eat all kinds of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.

Tigers may cover an area of 20 miles in one night's search for food. They make every effort to avoid contact with humans though hungry tigers may attack domestic cattle, and a sick or lame tiger may even attack a human if they are unable to catch swifter-moving prey.

Females only have cubs once every two and a half years and there is no special mating time or breeding season. Tigresses start to breed between two and four years of age. Cubs remain with their mother until they are two years old.

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