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Tigers: The Big Cats


Tigers belong to the genus panthera, and they are one of the large cats in the genus. They have approximately nine subspecies, and all of them is believed to evolve from the South Chinese tiger. In this picture is the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatran), one of the most endangered subspecies of tigers. Only found in the island of Sumatra, there are only 400 or 500 of them in national parks and in the wild. The bengal tiger is one of the famous tigers in the world, residing in India and Bangladesh.
People hunt tigers for their skin or other body parts. The skin is usually used for clothing or other ornamental purposes, and the other body parts are used in traditional medicines. Because of them, some tigers have become extinct, such as the Balinese tiger (Panthera tigris balica), the Javanese tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica), and the Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata).
Tigers have tremendous power that humans can't overcome (except with guns, if the human shot the tiger before he gets serious mauling). Its jaws can easily rip off flesh, and its claws is strong enough to mess up a springbed easily.