Famous tigers include Champawat, a tigress from India that reportedly killed 437 people, and Mohan, the first white tiger ever found in nature. Sita, a tigress who has graced the cover of several National Geographic magazines, may be the most photographed tiger ever.
Famous fictional tigers include Tigger, Tony the Tiger, Shere Khan and Tigress from the movie "Kung Fu Panda." Tigger was a creation of A.A. Milne, the author of "Winnie-The-Pooh," while Tony the Tiger is the mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal. Shere Khan, the evil tiger in "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling, was the nemesis of Mowgli, the child hero of the story.
Tigers are the largest of the cat species and can reach weights of more than 800 pounds. Once found across Asia into Turkey and Russia, today they are only found in South and Southeast Asia, eastern Russian and China. Worldwide, it is estimated that only 3,000 to 4,500 tigers still exist in the wild
Mostly nocturnal, tigers kill by throwing their weight against their prey, knocking it to the ground and finishing it off with a bite to the neck. They are good swimmers and have been know to kill prey while in the water.