The Bengal Tiger or Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is a subspecies of tiger found through the rain forests, mangrove swamps and grasslands of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, India and Nepal. In Bangladesh nowadays they are only found in Sundarbans. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh and India. Presently they are in danger of extinction due to over-hunting by poachers.
Some interesting facts about Royal Bengal Tiger:
- Tiger’s body length without tail is about 1.8 to 2.8 meters.
- Weight of males is 180-280 kg and of females is 115-185 kg.
- The pattern of each individual is unique.
- Their short and stiff fur is bright fawn to reddish tan, shading to white underneath.
- For food, they prefer spotted deer, wild pig and monkey.
- The Tiger drags kill to a safe place to eat.
- They are able to eat up to 20 kg at a time and then go without eating for days.
- Tigers are solitary predators and soon after mating the male tigers leave the female who fends for the cubs herself.
- The white ear spots enable mothers and cubs to keep track of each other in the dim forests at night.
- A Tigress generally delivers 2-4 cubs.
- Resting Tigers spend most of their time in the ritual of grooming with their rough tongues.