Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Natural History: Tiger (Panthera tigris)

Natural History: Tiger (Panthera tigris)

This massive Siberian creature (see right) which has been given the etymon of the Tiger, a meat eating carnivore as homo sapiens, may weigh up to 306 kg (670 lbs.) according to Wikipedia.

Only the Polar and Brown bear outweigh this masterpiece of nature. Their longevity is estimated between 25-30 Earth years reflecting the zoological studies and in the presence of a superior ethology.

Their decline is steady and seemingly increasing albeit their charismatic nature, and their name originates from an Iranian and Old Persian semantics according to the 1996 American Heritage Dictionary root etymology.

This instinctive fauna may also hint of the Quadrivium, and the connection between mathematics and astronomy across the plains of time. Geometry becomes both the instigator, and possibly the forestall for the mythical Thor. Is this the ethos of man, the great conqueror, or the cosmic warrior of compassion?

Bengel tigers
One apparent fact, this powerful dunderhead is no blunderbuss, each geometric pattern is unique to each creature, while linguistics throws the species under the auspices of cats offsetting the original etymological feline associations. Our senses combine these geometric notions, such as falling down is also associated with a season Fall when leaves fall from trees. The word "cat," is derived in Middle English catt, from a Germanic kattuz, while the prefix cata- references reverse, backwards, and downwards thoroughly.

These playful creatures also have amazing sustainable properties, in the summer, the Bengel tiger which spawned the albino, live within their own community of a range of about 200 km2 (77 sq mi), where they dominate predation in an open natural environment, and caring for their cubs.

In mythology, Eros is known for riding the tiger, and the Chinese include a year of the tiger in their calendars as the stigma for Earth, inclusive of water, wood, fire, and metal. Both the Greeks and Romans often depicted the creature with wings, and Dionysus is also known to ride the tiger. Tigers were also sometimes included with leopards, and Centaurs in ancient mosaic artistry.

The barriers at which we may perceive our interactions with our open natural companions through science allows us to glimpse into the often betrayed mutual space with these fascinating creatures. Here's a video freely showing film "Up Close," using a simple made battery operated mobile device with a Canon attached to record the sequence.

In the country of India, the pride of a nation is given to the great animal, and it is considered part of the Constitution to care for these wonderful contributions to our natural world.

Tigers are prolific breeders having up to 16 cubs in a lifetime according to the conservation filmmaker Shekar Dattatri. The naked savagery of their survival instincts are revealed in his film, The Truth About Tigers, where they are reveled for their masterpiece of the great hunter, a necessary element of their nature.

Their conservation is being somewhat addressed by independent journalist like here, yet understanding this magnificent Earth companion seems both sparse, and not within the radar of the status quo. Most of the related video of these animals shows their brutal survival instincts matched against other more vulnerable creatures as a way to sell fear and other false genres.

They are paraded in front of the public often to sell power and strength to the observers' psyche, and they are truly sacred creatures principally misunderstood.

At approximately 18 months of age, they begin their nocturnal hunting, and their lifespan range and estimate vary widely. Tiger poachers are still being apprehended regularly in New Delhi, while their available territory is gradually declining, but their spirit will live on forever.

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