Essay on The Tiger
The tiger is a large wild animal. He is a strong and beautiful beast and belongs to the cat family. He is the largest cat species.
The tiger has yellowish or reddish-orange hair with beautiful black lines or stripes over the skin. Thus, some hunters call tigers ‘stripers’. His body length goes up to 11 feet and he weighs up to 390 kilograms. The tigers often occupy large areas of a habitat that support their prey needs.
The Tigers have muscular bodies with powerful forelimbs, large heads, thickly padded feet, and long tails. Their claws are very strong and their teeth are shout and sharp. They have a mane-like heavy growth of fur around the neck and jaws. Male tigers have long whiskers. Their small, rounded ears have a white spot on the back, surrounded by black.
The tigers sleep or remain hidden for the entire day and come out at night to hunt their prey. Their. prey includes animals like dears, cows, sheep, and goats. They also attack men and eat them. It is believed that once a tiger tastes man’s blood it becomes a man-eater. This is because tigers start liking human flesh more than animal flesh. Such man-eating tigers are more dangerous.
Towns or villages situated near forest or wildlife areas have to remain very careful. People living in such places become happy when tigers are killed by the hunters. This proves as a blessing to their lives. Hunters kill the tigers by mounting on trained elephants. They enter thick forests on elephants and locate the hideouts of the tigers. Another way is to tie cattle where the tiger is likely to come. Cruel hunters wait for the tiger’s arrival and shoot them at once. However, nowadays tiger hunting is not at all encouraged.
At the start of the 20th century, there were over one-lakh tigers. However, today the global population of tigers is expected to number between 3,062 and 3,948. The decline in their population is a matter of concern. The major reasons for their decline are the destruction of their natural habitat, hunting, and poaching.
India is home to the world’s largest population of wild tigers. There are more than forty-five tiger reserves in India. Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest tiger reserve in India. It is situated in Andhra Pradesh. Its main aim is to conserve the tigers.
Moreover, the tiger is the national animal of India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Images of tigers appear on many flags and different official coats. Even some sporting teams use it as their symbol. Tiger’s image is a symbol of strength and courage.