the TIGER

FUN FACTS

  • The tiger is the national animal for four countries: India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and South Korea.
  • A tiger retracts its claws as it walks, leaving no tracks behind.
  • There are scent glands between tiger's toes that leave behind an individualized scent that enables a cub to follow its mother's footsteps.

Tigers in Pop Culture

  • The famous comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, features Calvin and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes.
  • Tigger from Winnie-the-Pooh is a tiger.
  • In Life of Pi, the protagonist Pi Patel, the sole human survivor from a shipwreck, befriends a large Bengal tiger on a life raft.
  • Animal Planet conducted a poll of people in 73 countries who were asked to choose from a shortlist of 10 animals, and the tiger was voted the World's Favorite Animal!