What Is an Adaptation of the Tiger?

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Many animals have adapted to their conditions in the wild, and tigers are no different, with a coat helping them blend in with their surroundings and a sense of hearing that makes it virtually impossible for prey to escape this ferocious wild cat. The striping that makes a tiger stand out so vividly in a zoo helps it hide in the jungle, as the sunlight that filters down to the floor from the jungle treetops also appears to be stripes. The tiger's ability to hear at the infrasound level makes it very important to tread quietly at this cat's mealtime.

In addition to mixing in well with the shadowy stripes on the floor of the jungle, the coat of a tiger also breaks up its body shape as it walks among the trees. Prey that does not suspect the dangerous presence of a tiger nearby is less likely to see the tiger sneaking up.

The range of normally audible sounds stops at 20 hertz, but tigers can hear sound waves that travel below that, known as infrasound. These sounds actually pass through mountains and trees, allowing tigers to detect prey even over lengthy distances or through the dense forest coverage.