Sumatran Tigers -Under Threat of Extinction and Caught on Video


   WWF cameras capture 12 tigers in two months in the Sumatran area of Bukit Tigapulah.The video includes Mothers and cubs. The concern about seeing so many in this area is that they are being driven back into smaller areas because of forest clearance for pulp and paper .

The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the tiger subspecies but even so male tigers average 8 feet in length from head to tail and weigh about 265 pounds (120 kilograms).  Their stripes are narrower than other tiger species. The patterned coloring is an adaptation for camouflage in their natural habitat, which is often tall grass.Webbing between their toes, when spread, enables the Sumatran tiger to be very fast swimmer. They will, if given the chance, run hoofed prey into the water who are much slower swimmers.

The white spots on the back of tiger's ears are called "eye spots" or "predator spots". These spots are believed to function as false eyes as well as to make it look larger to any predator approaching from behind. This is particularly helpful in keeping cubs safe. There are thought to be possibly as few as 300 Sumatran tigers left in the world.


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