24 Surprising Facts About Big Cats

Big cats are like small cats, only big ones. Despite the obvious differences, the furry cat purring in your lap is indeed a close relative of such formidable predators as, for example, the tiger or lion. Even the behavior in the wild in representatives of these so different species is very similar – they all differ in their proud character, a tendency to loneliness, cunning, and inventiveness.

  • The largest big cat on earth is a liger named Hercules, a hybrid of a tiger and a lion.
  • The rarest big cat species on earth is the endangered Amur tiger.
  • There are more tigers in zoos in the United States than in the rest of the world they live in the wild.
  • There is a known case when a male tiger left kittens of an ordinary cat, left without a mother.
  • There is no such animal as “panther”. Panthers are commonly referred to as black leopards, cougars, and jaguars.
  • Ostriches living in Africa can easily kill a lion attacking them with a blow of their powerful leg. True, in most cases, they still prefer to run away.
  • Caracals, or desert lynxes, were domesticated long ago by the Arabs. Nowadays, some people keep them at home – caracals are easy to tame.
  • The fastest land creature on earth is the cheetah, capable of reaching a speed of 112 km / h in three seconds, which is comparable to a racing car. True, such a frantic jerk exhausts the beast, and it can only maintain such a pace for 20-30 seconds. Usually, if the first attack fails, the cheetah stops much earlier, saving energy, and goes in search of other prey.
  • The ancient Egyptians used cheetahs to hunt in the same way that hunters used hounds in the Middle Ages.
  • Snow leopards can neither growl nor purr.
  • Workers at the Indian Tiger Sanctuary in Bengal wear masks depicting a human face on the back of their heads. This helps them avoid the attack of tigers, which only attack from the back.
  • After the last ice age, almost all cheetahs became extinct. The ones that exist now are descended from a very small group of surviving cheetahs, which is why they are practically copies of each other from a genetic point of view.
  • Lion’s claws can be up to seven centimeters long. This is about half the length of the tooth of an extinct predator of antiquity – the tyrannosaurus.
  • Lions and tigers can interbreed, although this happens very rarely, and the offspring from such relationships are born sterile and cannot reproduce. Moreover, a huge liger is obtained from a male lion and a female tigress, and a relatively small tiger is obtained from a male tiger and a female lioness.
  • On average, lions sleep about twenty hours a day.
  • The pupils of tigers are not vertical, like those of domestic cats, but round, like those of humans, because cats are nocturnal predators, and tigers prefer to hunt at dusk.
  • All white tigers are blue-eyed.
  • When lions drive their prey in a group, the male eats first. And when tigers hunt in a group, males usually let females and tiger cubs go ahead, waiting for their turn.
  • In the case of chasing her, the cougar usually seeks refuge in the trees.
  • Tigers use growls to communicate, not intimidate. A sign of an imminent attack by a tiger is hissing and snorting.
  • Cougar cubs are very smart – they will never leave a secluded hiding place until their mother calls them.
  • All tigers have absolutely unique voices, although the human ear cannot distinguish this without assistive devices.
  • The tiger, although inferior to the cheetah in speed, develops a speed of up to 60 km / h, rushing to prey from an ambush.
  • Puma can jump to a height of four to five meters.
  • Being a relatively small animal, the cougar eats more than a ton of meat per year.
Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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