Our next stop in our notebooking safari across Asia takes us to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India. If you’re new to the notebooking safari, visit our first stop here.
Last week we watched a Bengal tiger in the swamp. Today, let’s go see if we can watch one in the forest. First, we’ll need to spot one—without getting too close!
Look there—in that tall, thick grass. I think I saw something move. I have my binoculars that I read about on Outdoor Empire with me. Let me see if I can tell if it’s a tiger if I look through them.
It is! It’s a mother tiger with two cubs. Look and see for yourself. It looks like they are playing. The little ones are rolling back and forth, climbing on top of one another and on top of the mother!
We don’t dare get any closer. A mother tiger will protect her cubs from anything that tries to bother them!
It’s starting to get dark. She’ll go on the hunt soon. Her cubs are still too little to hunt for themselves, so she will go find something that will provide for herself and them. She might bring back a deer or an antelope, a wild pig or a goat, or maybe even a small rhinoceros!
To hear a Bengal tiger’s growl, click here.
Using the information you find here, answer the following questions:
True or False:
1. A full-grown tiger could be nine feet (2.75 meters) long.
2. You can hear a tiger roar up to two miles away.
3. A tiger usually eats 100 pounds (45 kg) of meat each night.
Research challenge: Do a tiger’s stripes go deeper than its fur coat? In other words, is a tiger’s skin striped, too, or just its fur?
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