TIGERS TAIL

The tails of Bengal tigers are shorter than those of Siberian tigers which, in fully grown males, are about 1 m. length. Tigers have a variety of uses for their tails. When jumping, they use their tails as rudders, Their tails help them balance when they are climbing.

Tigers also use their tails to communicate with each other. An upright, slowly wagging tail indicates friendliness, while an outstretched, quickly wagging tail indicates excitement, and a tail that is barely moving and angled towards the ground indicates tenseness.

To have a tiger by the tail. – Drawing. 27×35 cm. 2019.

TIGER LEAP

Although tigers are powerful and fast over short distances, the Bengal tiger cannot outrun fleet footed prey such as deer. Instead it uses stealth to catch its victims; attacking from the side or the rear.

The hind legs of tigers are extremely powerful. A fully-grown tiger can leap over 8 meters. – Drawing. 27×35 cm. 2019.

TIGERS and WATER

Tigers are adept swimmers. Unlike almost all other big cats, they enjoy bathing and often play in the water. As adults, they often swim several kilometers to hunt or to cross rivers.

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Unlike many other animals, tigers do not drink water by lapping it up on the top of their tongue, due to their tongue bristles. Instead, they cup the back of their tongue to flick water droplets into the air, which they then close their mouth over.

If you rile a tiger, he’s going to show his claws. – Drawing. 24×35 cm. 2019

DEN STRIBEDE LØVE

Tigeren (Panthera tigris) kan beskrives som et orange rovdyr med sorte striber, eller måske må den tværtimod betragtes som et sort rovdyr med orange bånd. 
Der findes ikke to tigre der har det samme mønster af sorte striber. 
Ved en stribe i denne betydning af ordet, forstås et langagtigt sort område på en farvet baggrund. En stribe adskiller sig fra en streg eller linje derved at en stribe i modsætning hertil har en anseelig bredde, undertiden så bred, at det ikke objektivt kan afgøres, hvad der er stribe og hvad der er baggrund.
Disse sorte striber er med til at give tigerens hoved en maskekarakter og dobbelttydighed. De danner et netværk af mønster som en arabesk, der oftest er symmetrisk opbygget, og som synes at kunne fortsætte i det uendelige.  
Uffe Christoffersen 2019