29 October 2011

bestiary: bengal tiger

as the names suggest, this engandered subspecies of the tiger family can be found in india. they're the largest of the cat family and unlike many a movie might suggest, they tend to avoid humans unless they're a bit mad. i wasn't aware that they hunt nocturnally. they're individiual down to their stripes and very independent, typically living alone as adults. males do not raise their cubs, yet females will raise their young until they're old enough to hunt. that usually takes about three years. i also didn't know that white tigers are recessive mutants of bengal tigers. the chinese seemed to prize tigers for their medicines but they were also poached largely as trophies for their fur. panthera tigris tigris in moleskine.

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