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Did You Know? A Tiger’s tongue is so rough, it can lick the paint off buildings and strip the skin from the bones of an animal

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A tiger’s tongue is not like ours, it has quite a few duties to carry out. So much so that the tongue is designed to be so rough it can lick the paint off a wall! The tongue of a tiger is covered in many small projections called papillae. These rear facing projections give the tongue is rough and abrasive nature.
A tiger’s tongue has this complex design in order to allow the tongue to strip feathers, fur and meat from prey.
So if a tiger does enjoy a finger licking good meal, it’s probably better off not licking it’s paws too much!

Animal Planet recently voted the impressively powerful tiger to be the world’s favorite animal. Tigers have color vision like humans. Although they favor killing using their 10cm teeth, tigers will sometimes use their paws. One swipe from a tiger’s front paw is strong enough to smash a bear’s skull or break its back. Tigers can bite through bones with their powerful teeth and jaws. They will break the neck vertebrae of prey simply by biting straight through them. Tigers can have a number of different unusual fur colorations. These include white, gold, black, and even blue. All of these are caused by simple hair color genes. There have been reports but no confirmed cases of blue tigers, also called Maltese tigers. To show happiness, tigers squint or close their eyes, this is because losing vision lowers defense, so tigers (and many other cats) only purposefully do so when they feel comfortable and safe.

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