the TIGER

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Spend a Day with Sebastian the Siberian Tiger!

Sebastian the Siberian tiger is alone on his first night after spending only two years living with his mother and siblings. In those first two years, his mother taught him how to hunt and survive.

Tonight, Sebastian awakens after a nap in a birch tree forest, like the ones that can be found in eastern Russia, where the climate is getting harsher by the minute. He saunters through the forest to find a stream to get a drink, when he sees a frog hopping about.

Sebastian is quickly reminded that he forgot to eat lunch, and his stomach growls. But, his mother taught him well and Sebastian waits for the frog to settle and then pounces on it in a second, trapping the frog under his large paws. He consumes the frog but is not satisfied. He's interested in much larger prey: a deer. After a quick bath, he starts moving stealthily through the forest looking for a bigger meal.

After walking for a few hours, he sees a herd of deer nibbling on the last patches of grass by a pond in the distance. Sebastian creeps forward, taking cover behind the tall trees. He sneaks as close as possible to the deer then attacks. He chases down the deer and kills it with his powerful teeth.

Happy with his catch, Sebastian soon realizes that this will be enough for dinner and breakfast the next morning. Sebastian rests after finishing part of his meal, but his mother taught him to stay alert because poachers might want his coat.

Later that night, he spots Sally, another tiger that he remembers from a few years ago. He thinks she looks pretty, so he makes a "chuffing" roar to let her know he's a friend.

Sebastian and Sally spend a lot of time together over the next few weeks, and Sally soon learns that she is pregnant. After about 100 days, Sally gives birth to three tiger cubs, and she raises them until they are old enough to go off on their own.

TEST YOURSELF! True or False?

  1. The tiger is the biggest cat in the world.
  2. There are ten species of tigers.
  3. Tigers can use their tails to communicate with one another.
  4. Tigers can consume up to 60-88 pounds of meat in a day.
  5. Tigers can have as many as 15 cubs at one time.

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ANSWERS!

  1. True
  2. False: Currently, there are five subspecies of tigers (Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Sumatran, and Siberian.) There were three more subspecies of tiger (Caspian, Bali, and Javan) but they are now extinct. So total, there have been eight species of tiger.
  3. True
  4. True
  5. False: Female tigers can have two to three cubs in the wild and up to six cubs in captivity.