Ever get into a fight with a big guy at a bar only to regret your decision pretty quickly? You’ll know what it’s like to be a tiger in this video! It’s just a short video, but it’s already had over three million views, so it’s clearly appealing to people all over the world! We see the bear confront the tiger, but once the bear gets up on its hind legs, the tiger lays down with complete respect – though seemingly ready to defend itself if necessary. We might think bears look cute standing upright, but it’s not so cute when you’re around them!
tiger as fighting animal
The tigers here seem to be peacemakers. They’re not trying to fight the bears. Tigers have very large teeth and claws and are skilled killing machines. However, they tend to rely on ambush techniques for hunting. They use their camouflage and invisibility to sneak up on unsuspecting animals, then swoop in and bite the neck for a fatal bite. The bear was too big for the tiger and obviously the bear already knew the tiger was coming so no surprises!
Are bears aggressive?
Tigers are stronger and faster than bears, but there are many videos and accounts of tigers choosing not to fight bears unless absolutely necessary. The Tigers probably knew this was a fight in which they could be seriously injured. Bears are also strong, powerful creatures with sharp claws.
Some bears have a bite force of over 1,000 PSI (pounds per square inch), which is strong enough to crush a bowling ball, and therefore can do a lot of damage to a tiger. They rarely ask for trouble, preferring to forage for food, but have been known to attack other animals and humans when necessary.
In this video, the bear standing up is a sign of aggression. Tiger made a wise decision to back down!
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I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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