Siberian Tiger

May 28, 2009

Siberian (or Amur) tigers are the world's largest cats. They live primarily in eastern Russia's birch forests, though some exist in China and North Korea. There are an estimated 400 to 500 Siberian tigers living in the wild, and recent studies suggest that these numbers are stable. Though their northern climate is far harsher than those of other tigers, these animals have some advantages. Northern forests offer the lowest human density of any tiger habitat, and the most complete ecosystem. The vast woodlands also allow tigers far more room to roam, as Russia's timber industry is currently less extensive than that of many other countries.

Tigers are the largest of all wild cats and are renowned for their power and strength. There were once eight tiger subspecies, but three became extinct during the 20th century. Over the last 100 years, hunting and forest destruction have reduced overall tiger populations from hundreds of thousands to perhaps 5,000 to 7,000. Tigers are hunted as trophies and also for body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. All five remaining tiger subspecies are endangered, and many protection programs are in place. Poaching is a reduced—but still very significant—threat to Siberian tigers.

Tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. They are powerful hunters that travel many miles to find prey, such as elk and wild boar, on nocturnal hunts. Tigers use their distinctive coats as camouflage (no two have exactly the same stripes) and hunt by stealth. They lie in wait and creep close enough to attack their victims with a quick spring and a fatal pounce. A hungry tiger can eat as much as 60 pounds (27.2 kilograms) in one night, though they usually eat less.

Despite their fearsome reputation, most tigers avoid humans; however, a few do become dangerous maneaters. These animals are often sick and unable to hunt normally, or live in areas where their traditional prey has vanished.

Females give birth to litters of two to six cubs, which they raise with little or no help from the male. Cubs cannot hunt until they are 18 months old, and remain with their mothers for two to three years, when they disperse to find their own territory.
 

Cheetah

May 28, 2009

The cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal. With acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust, a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 miles (96 kilometers) an hour in only three seconds. These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of prey.

Before unleashing their speed, cheetahs use exceptionally keen eyesight to scan their grassland environment for signs of prey—especially antelope and hares. This big cat is a daylight hunter that be...
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Pet Adoption Tips

May 24, 2009

Pets make wonderful companion and give us unconditional love. But bringing up pets is not an easy task. It requires lot of time, energy, willingness and money on your part. Before adopting a pet consider these things so that you do not have to repent your decision later.

Some basic things to follow before the adoption of a pet

  • Raising a pet is a costly affair. Be sure about how much you can afford. Some of the basic expenses relating to different pets are:
    • Amphibians, reptiles, and fish: Aqua...

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Ideas on Pet Accessories

May 24, 2009

Pet accessories include fashion accessories for bets, toy accessories, training accessories, car and traveling accessories and all the miscellaneous products for them that they may need. The jewellery and key chains for your pets, food bowls and mugs for them, pet caskets and portraits, memorials and signs are as much enjoyed by the owners as they are by their pets. For a loving pet owner, who finds it difficult to travel alone without his furry friend, a pet purse can be quit useful. These p...


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Tips on Pet Bath

May 24, 2009

Humans have not only developed specialized shampoos and soaps and brushes for themselves but their pets too. The bath and grooming accessories for animals have a wide range and are made typically for cats, dogs, birds, aquarium fish and other pets according to their sizes, nature, needs and requirements. There are pet combs that prevent hair shedding in dogs, cats and rabbits. There are booster baths available for your dog that saves you from getting wet and your pet from unnecessary stress a...


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Pet Care Tips

May 24, 2009

Once you have adopted a pet you need to take full care of it. Such care is very essential for pet’s well being and your own peace of mind.

  • Pet’s diet is very important. It should contain all the necessary ingredients required by the pet. Some pets such as cats are carnivorous and hence they require some animal-source ingredients, such as meat, poultry, or fish, in their diets.
  • Keep aside some time every day for your pet. Your pet requires your attention and affection and this is very essen...

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Tips on Pet Clothes

May 24, 2009

This is the age to flaunt and showing off and there is no reason that your pets should be deprived off these luxuries. The fashionable pet shows and private parties make for the perfect places to exhibit your pet most elegantly dressed in unique clothes, jewelry and accessories. Premium-quality and state-of-the-art pet clothes are a way to express your love and care for your pet and how important they are for you. Share the happiness and gratitude for their loyalty and companionship with your...


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Healthy Pet Food

May 24, 2009

Like humans, animals too need a balanced diet for a healthy existence. Each of the six nutrients - Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fat, Vitamins, Minerals and water - plays a vital role in the pet’s health. Proteins are the main element of body tissues like muscles, blood, skin, organs, hair and nails. Carbohydrates provide energy for the body’s tissues. Fats absorb, store and transport vitamins and moisturize skin and coat. Vitamins assist in maintaining metabolism of the animals. Minerals are ...


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Pet Grooming Tips

May 24, 2009

Trimming of Nails
Nails of all the pets should be regularly trimmed and especially of cats as they have a scratching habit. When trimming the nails, be careful not to cut them too short and cause bleeding. Cut the nails until you see a dark circle appearing in the center of the nail. This is the edge of the quick or blood vessel in the nail bed.

Brushing
Prior to bathing and clipping, the pets need to be brushed out to make sure there are no knots in the furnishings. Knots are big problem in ...


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Pet Health Care

May 24, 2009

A healthy pet makes a good companion. But you really need to take good care of your pet to keep it in good condition. In spite of all your efforts, the pet may fall ill. It may contact a deadly disease. The key to a healthy pet lies in taking all the precautions so that it does not fall ill and more importantly recognizing the symptoms of diseases, which if left ignored may turn out to be fatal.

Some of the symptoms that indicate an onslaught of a deadly disease are:

  • Abnormal dischar...

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