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It’s an incredible thing to be able to be a witness to a predatorial hunt. This is why safaris are such an amazing experience to be a part of! We beg you to put that on your bucket list of things to do. Check out the best African safari tours here!
In the case of the video shown below, a safari tour has stopped because they have noticed the largest tiger we have ever seen out in the open by the road. As they stop their jeeps, they notice this tiger is mid-hunt. Well, more like mid-stalk.
This tiger has his eyes set on a deer that would make an excellent meal for him. Let’s notice a couple of things here. This tiger’s patience is second to none. You’d think an animal that is hungry and possibly looking at a meal he might not get the chance to eat again for days would rush right in. However, this tiger’s experience has taught him that patience is key. If he rushes in too quickly, the deer would have the upper hand and the opportunity to get away.
Another thing to take notice of is the fact that this tiger has absolutely no fear that multiple people and jeeps are stopped on the roadway watching him. Do you ever get that feeling at work like someone is watching you? It’s a weird feeling, and normally when that happens, you can’t work quite as well because you’re too worried about why someone is watching you.
However, this tiger seems completely unfazed by their eyes watching his every move. It is almost as if they are oblivious to him. When this tiger goes to make his move, he simply moves around the jeep that is blocking his path without even looking at it. He is laser-focused on completing this kill, so he can eat finally.
While this is one of the largest tigers we’ve ever seen, he doesn’t come close to the largest tiger in the world. Let’s take a look at the largest tiger now.
Is It Normal Behavior for a Tiger to Stalk a Deer?
Opportunistic feeders, tigers stalk their prey slowly and carefully from behind, being sure to remain hidden and quiet until the optimum moment to pounce. It is completely normal behavior for a tiger to stalk deer, especially since deer are their main source of food. With stealth, tigers will get as close to their prey as possible before biting them in a deadly location, usually the neck. A large deer can provide a week’s worth of food for a tiger. For the tiger, however, only 1 out of 10 hunts are successful, so they are always seeking opportunities to score a deer. Other animals tigers stalk include boar, birds, rodents, fish, and even insects.
How Large Do Tigers Get on Average?
Tigers come in different sizes. They can be six to 10 feet long and weigh from 220 to 660 pounds. The bigger kind, called continental tigers, can be as heavy as 660 pounds, while the smaller ones, known as Sunda tigers, weigh up to 310 pounds.
Usually, male tigers are heavier than females in both types.
Tigers take about two years to reach full adult size. Cubs also rely on their mother’s guidance to learn hunting skills, ensuring their survival.
This approach helps tigers bounce back in numbers, even after facing significant losses, making them resilient in population recovery.
What is the Largest Tiger in the World?
It might be confusing to think of the largest tiger in the world when every tiger looks so enormous! The average tiger weighs approximately 267-300 kilograms (589-660 pounds) and reaches anywhere from 5-10.5 feet in length.
The largest tiger ever recorded was a Siberian tiger. These tigers can weigh up to 350 kilograms (770 pounds) and reach up to 11 feet in length. And while these are the largest tigers in the world. The Siberian tiger who holds the world record was named Jaipur, and he weighed 423 kilograms (932 pounds)!
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