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The Bengal Tiger of Asia

At an approximate body length of 9 feet 1 inch, weight of 350 - 550 pounds, height of 3 feet or less, tail length of 36 inches, the tiger is the largest and biggest of the cat family and the most fearsome predator in the wild (Asian Rainforest: Bengal Tiger). The Bengal Tiger is one of five sub-species of the tiger; the other four include Siberian, South China, Indochinese, and Sumataran (About the white Bengal tiger). The eyes on the tiger are large, which helps with excellent vision. The tigers hearing are also good with well-developed earflaps. The tiger's large canine teeth, retractable claws, and strong, powerful jaws contribute to its ferocious acts (Asian Rainforest: Bengal Tiger). The furs on tigers are short, thick, bright fawn to reddish tan colouring, shaded with white underneath and sharp marked uneven black stripes; no two tiger coats are identical (Sarah's Bengal Tiger Page).

The Bengal tiger is found throughout Southern Asia, primarily India, with smaller populations in Bhutan, China, Nepal, and Bangladesh. An approximate of 3,275 - 4,700 Bengal tigers were living in these countries in 1995, this is a remarkable decrease from 100,000 tigers just a century ago. The Bengal tiger population is more secure in India than other tiger sub-species found elsewhere in Asia (Bengal Tiger). The male Bengal tiger occupies 200 square miles of territory and when there is not enough food it lives in a much more smaller territory. The tiger lives in the forest, swamp, or the grassland areas.

The Bengal tiger are carnivorous animals. When food is wanted the tiger attacks variety of prey, which include: deer, wild pigs, young buffalo, young elephants, and cattle in general. If the tiger is driven by hunger it will eat almost anything like fish, crocodiles, lizards, frogs, fowl, carrion, or even humans, on some circumstance. Tigers only go after humans when the old, sick or wounded can't hunt normally, which causes them to atta...

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