TIGERENS KNURHÅR

02. “Knurhår-tiger”. – Tegning. 35×26 cm. 2019.

TIGERENS KNURHÅR

En tigers knurhår har en evne til at kunne sanse bestemte fysiske påvirkninger. De tillader tigre at føle ting lige foran deres ansigt.

I enden af et knurhår er der en lille, men vigtig detalje, som sender signaler til tigerens hjerne, om hvad der er omkring den.

Knurhår er så følsomme, at de endda kan føle en lille ændring i luften eller vinden omkring sig. Det kan være en vigtig information for en tiger, at få en fornemmelse af et dyr, der løber forbi. Med andre ord, de hjælper tigeren med at jage i mørke.

Knurhår kan hjælpe en tiger med at gætte afstanden mellem to steder, når de har brug for at hoppe, krybe ind under en stamme eller ind i en hule.

De tigre, der havde lange knurhår, levede længe nok til at få unger (som også havde lange knurhår). Så der blev flere og flere af antallet af “knurhår-tigre”, mens tigrene med kortere eller ingen knurhår faldt i antal fordi de ikke levede længe nok til at få unger.

TIGERTÆNDER

01. Tigerens tænder. – Tegning. 26×35 cm. 2019.

TIGERTÆNDER

Tigre har færre tænder end andre kødædende dyr. De har kun 30 tænder hvorimod eksempelvis hunde har 42 tænder.
Af alle de store kattearter er tigerens den der har de længste hjørnetænder. De er mellem 6,4 og 7,6 cm. Lange. Hjørnetænderne er meget følsomme, hvilket gør det muligt for tigeren at identificere det sted, hvor den bedst kan skære byttets hals over.
Tigerens bagerste tænder, kindtænderne, er skarpe som et knivsblad og gør det nemt for tigeren at klippe kødet over, hvorefter de sluger store stykker hele.

En stor kløft mellem tigerens bagtænder og hjørnetænderne, gør tigeren i stand til at holde byttet fast, ved at trænge dybt ind i kødet på det.
De små fortænder, i munden, mellem de øverste og nederste hjørnetænder, giver tigeren mulighed for at plukke kød og fjer af deres bytte.

TIGER STRIPES

Tiger stripes are like human finger prints. Each of them are unique, no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.

The markings on a tiger’s forehead has a drawing similar to the Chinese character 王, which means “king”. The tiger replaces the lion as the king of animals in cultures in eastern Asia. It represents royalty, fearlessness and anger.

25. Tiger stripes are like human finger prints. – Drawing. 25×35 cm. 2019 – Uffe Christoffersen

TIGER BOXING

Rhytme is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, you need that rythme or you’re in trouble. – Sugar Ray Robinson. (1921 – 1989).

You kan say the same think about drawing.

23. A hero only appears once the tiger is dead. – Drawing. 35×25 cm. 2019 – Uffe Christoffersen

TIGERS’ NOSE AND EARS

You can know the approximate age of tigers through the colour of their nose. While young its pink in colour and keeps darkening to blackish-brown as they grow older.

The white spots at the back of the tiger’s ears are called ocelli. There are many theories about their function which remains largely unknown.

22. Tiger running effortlessly through the water to catch his prey, – Drawing. 35×25 cm. 2019 – Uffe Christoffersen.

TIGERS’ SHORT-TERM MEMORY

Tigers’ have one of the best memories of any animal, including humans. Tigers’ short-term memory alone lasts about thirty times longer than humans’, and their memories are made with stronger brain synapses, meaning that they can remember more and do not forget things as easily as we do.

21. Tiger running on the beach. – Drawing. 35×25 cm. 2019. – Uffe Christoffersen

TIGER RUNNING ON THE BEACH

Tigers are excellent swimmers and don’t avoid water. … Tigers are also found in the Sunderbans, the world’s largest single block of mangrove forest, where they are regularly seen swimming to get from island to island.

Tiger running on the beach. – Drawing. 25×35 cm. 2019. -Uffe Christoffersen.

TIGER PLAYING IN THE 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. The only other big cat that doesn’t mind getting wet is the black panther. However, they don’t seek out water or play in the water like tigers do.

19. Looking a tiger in the eyes you are showing him you know he is there. – Drawing. 35×25 cm. 2019 – Uffe Christoffersen.

LOOKING FOR A TIGER

There is nothing like the thrill of walking through the jungle looking for a tiger on knowning they could be watching you.

18. Looking for a tiger. – Drawing. 35×25 cm. 2019. – Uffe Christoffersen.

TIGER EYES

Tigers have eyes with round pupils, unlike domestic cats, which have slitted pupils. Tigers’ night vision is about six times better than humans. Most tigers have yellow eyes.

17. Looking directly into the tigers eyes. – Drawing. 35×26 cm. 2019 – Uffe Christoffersen.