have always been fascinating to people, often
embodied in culture and religion. The earliest
evidence comes from 5,000 years ago, sculpted
on seals of the Indus Valley civilization of
Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, now in Pakistan. Frequent
references to tigers appear in the Mahabharata
and the Ramayana.
epic poems of the Aryan peoples who entered
India from the northwest 4,000 years ago also
mention the tiger. The tiger appears as a symbol
of beauty, power, and ferocity. Hinduismís female
deity, Durga, is depicted riding on a tiger.
Her image is widely displayed and can often
be seen painted on the sides of trucks.
Typical orange tigers have round pupils and
yellow irises. Due to a retinal adaptation that
reflects light back to the retina, the night
vision of tigers is six times better than that
of humans. Don't be caught out jogging late
when the tigers are out. : )
CLAWS: Like domestic cats, tiger claws are retractable.
Tigers often mark their territory by scratching
STRIPES: No one knows exactly why tigers are
striped, but scientists think that the stripes
act as camouflage, and help tigers hide from
their prey. Tiger stripes are very much like
human fingerprints. no two tigers have the same
pattern of stripes.