Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
What Are Tigers?
Tony the Tiger has retired from his career of advertising for Frosted Flakes. Since he retired, he has been a little bit bored! He decides to write a book about tigers to teach kids all about them! Keep reading to see the beginnings of his book and to learn lots of facts about tigers!
Tigers are a type of animal called a wildcat. Wildcats are in the same family as regular pet cats, but they live in the wild and are much bigger than pet cats. They can be up to 9 feet long!
Most tigers have orange fur with black stripes, but tigers can be lots of different colors and patterns. Every tiger in the world looks different; they all have different stripes and patterns, just like zebras! There are six types of tigers: Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, Sumatran tigers, Malayan tigers, Indochinese tigers, and South China tigers.
Where Do Tigers Live?
Tigers live in the continent of Asia in tropical rain forests, cold forests, or in mountains. They are some of the only cats that like to be in the water! Tigers like to swim and can be found cooling off in a pond or a stream.
Tigers used to live in more places in Asia, but recently have become endangered. Endangered means that they are at risk of dying off because of hunting and loss of their habitat. It's important to protect tigers so they can continue to live and be safe!
What Do Tigers Eat?
Tigers are carnivores, which means that they eat only meat. Because they have strong legs and sharp teeth, tigers are great hunters. These powerful predators will hunt alone during the night. They will stalk animals, such as deer, wild pigs, antelope, and buffalo, not Frosted Flakes like Tony says!
How Do Tigers Grow?
Tony was born with two other tiger cubs. This is pretty normal; tiger cubs are born two or three at a time. Tony's mom taught him how to hunt so he could survive in the wild, and he stayed with his mom for the first two years of his life. Tony grew really fast because tigers are the biggest wildcats! Tigers can live up to 15 years in the wild and longer than that if they are in wildlife preserves or zoos!
Tigers are wildcats, a type of mammals. They live only in Asia but can live in rain forests, cold forests, and mountains there. They are carnivores, and they are great hunters! These animals are endangered due to over hunting and loss of habitat.
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