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Tigers (Panthera tigris), a member of the Felidae family, are the largest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. They are native to much of eastern and southern Asia, and are an apex predator and an obligate carnivore. The larger tiger subspecies are comparable in size to the biggest extinct felids, reaching up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) in total length, weighing up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds), and having canines up to 4 inches long. Aside from their great bulk and power, their most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes that overlays near-white to reddish-orange fur, with lighter underparts.


  • All you gotta do is to use your instincts. How do you think a tiger knows how to tackle a gazelle? It's written, it's code written in their DNA, says "Tackle the gazelle." Believe it or not, in every man there's a code written that says "Tackle drunk bitches."
  • Tiger, tiger, burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye,
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
    • William Blake, The Tiger, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 792.
  • If a man proves too clearly and convincingly to himself … that a tiger is an optical illusion — well, he will find out he is wrong. The tiger will himself intervene in the discussion, in a manner which will be in every sense conclusive.
    • G. K. Chesterton, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 898.
  • To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom — and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.
  • And lastly, Chairman Khrushchev has compared the United States to a worn-out runner living on its past performance, and stated that the Soviet Union would out-produce the United States by 1970. Without wishing to trade hyperbole with the Chairman, I do suggest that he reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he his caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.
  • Even after killing ninety nine tigers the Maharaja should beware of the hundredth.
Animals do not think like we do. People who forget that get themselves killed. That tiger is not your friend.
  • In the zoo we fed our tigers an average of 5 kilos of meat a day. Richard Parker will be getting hungry soon. Tigers are powerful swimmers, and if he get's hungry enough, I'm afraid the little bit of water between us won't be any protection. I need to find a way to feed him. I can eat the biscuits, but God made tigers carnivores, so I must learn to catch fish. If I don't, I'm afraid his last meal will be a skinny vegetarian boy.
  • Qi hu nan xia — When you’re riding a tiger, the hard part is getting off.
    • Chinese saying

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