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Tiger, tiger burning bright

Tigers have a special place in our hearts — magnificent bodies, fierce stripes, majestic bearing and their silent call for help as their numbers fell. As we celebrate International Tiger Day on 29 July, let’s see how much we know about this fascinating beast!

Illustration of two tigers with top hats sharing some meat
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

The excellent manners of the big cats

You might see lions fighting over a meal, but tigers operate differently. If a male tiger encounters another during a hunt, they are likely to greet each other politely and even share the catch. Another stark difference between the lion and the tiger is that a tiger is often kind enough to wait for the tigress and cubs to feed before they sit down to enjoy the meal. Such perfect gentlemen of the animal kingdom!

Cover of the July 2023 issue of The Teenager Today featuring International Tigers Day.

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Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.

Rama Ramesh

Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.