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Tigers may be the biggest wild cats in the world, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t have some things in common with your typical pet cat. Just like a pet cat might climb a tree in your yard, a tiger likes to climb the many rain forest trees in its natural jungle habitat. When it comes to hunting, both tigers and cats are sneaky stalkers of their prey, waiting for just the right opportunity to make a quick surprise attack. Both animals also move their small young from place to place by gently carrying their cubs or kittens by the loose skin on the back of their necks.
Since most tigers and cats tend to be more active at night, both tend to spend a lot of the day sleeping. Tigers have even been known to sleep an average of 16 hours per day! However, while tigers love to swim and play in water, most pet cats would rather avoid getting wet.
A tiger is one of the most recognizable animals on Earth; its entire large and powerful body boasts a beautiful coat of orange and black striped fur. But tigers don’t have this unique fur pattern just for good looks! The black stripes mimic the shadows of leaves and branches caused by sunlight in a tiger’s rain forest home, allowing the tiger to hide easier while hunting. Big, padded paws also help them walk quietly through the underbrush and surprise their prey.
Tigers are patient hunters, and wait quietly for a chance to pounce on their food. When they do decide to spring out of hiding, a long tail helps them “steer” mid-leap. After a tiger has caught something to eat, it uses its two types of teeth. Its front large, pointed canine teeth make it easy to grab and hold meat, while its sharp rear teeth cut it into small, bite-sized pieces.
With their long, graceful, striped bodies, tigers are beautiful looking animals. The amazing pictures in Zoobies Tigers show inspiring photos of how tigers look and act. Trigger your child’s imagination by prompting them to move and play like a tiger does. They can crawl on their hands and knees, hiding and roaming stealthily around furniture. As they pretend to be on the prowl, they can also make snarling and growling sounds like a tiger. Stretching like a tiger feels pretty good too! All you have to do is extend your right arm out in front of you like a big claw and stretch your left leg behind you at the same time. Repeat the stretch with your left and arm and your right leg. Then curl up in a ball like a sleeping tiger.
After your child is done imitating the tigers in the pictures, use new and expressive words to describe them. Talk about the color, size, and shape of each tiger in every picture. Count the number of stripes you see on a tiger’s face and look at the color of its eyes. Compare the different patterns, sizes, and colors you see in Zoobies Tigers to other objects your child plays with throughout the day.