Raising Tiger Cubs

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Females survive more frequently than males as they are less adventurous. Young males grow faster and by the time they are a year old are noticeably bigger than females. Along with this they become much bolder, often spending entire days alone. Amongst any litter one cub always emerges as the most dominant. This cub will eat first at a kill and be more outgoing than its siblings. The bolder the cub the more likely it is to come into contact with dangers which may cause injury or death. 


Though it is common for tigers to have pests like tapeworms and ticks these do not seem to cause any problem, either in cubs or adults.

The tigress and cleanliness:

Tigers are extremely clean animals and never take meat inside their dens. They constantly clean their cubs and themselves by licking; this removes all traces of blood.

When a tigress needs to urinate or defecate she will leave the den and move a good distance away. By these instinctive actions unnecessary health risks are reduced.

Carrying tiger cubs:

To help ensure the safety of the cubs a female will often move her young to a new den. Until they are able to follow her, she will carry them between her canines and molars using the loose skin on their necks and part of the head.

During transportation, the cubs neither wriggle, nor make a sound (22 kb). A crying cub could attract a predator, or their father, who may attempt to kill them.

This would be one of the worst possible time for a human to cross the path of a tiger. They are very protective of their cubs and most attacks on people are a result of someone surprising a tigress with cubs.         

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