The Strength Of A Tiger
Tigers are one of the most powerful animals in the world, with each paw having enough power to kill an adult man with one blow! To achieve such terrifying strength, they must have strong bones and muscles. But how strong are they?
The skull of an average tiger is about 8 inches thick. The hide alone is 5 inches thick, and the muscles are another 6. All told, it’s one tough critter! If you were to punch a tiger in its paw with your fist, you would probably break every bone in your hand. And even if that didn’t happen, there’s no way you could inflict enough damage on it to make it retreat. A tiger has enormous strength—enough to crush an animal twice its size or send a grown man flying several feet through the air with one blow. So tread carefully and never even think about touching these beautiful but dangerous animals!
It has long been held that a tiger can take down an elephant. It’s difficult to say how much truth there is to that, but what we do know is tigers are strong animals capable of taking down large prey like water buffalo, pigs, and even crocodiles. It’s been estimated that adult tigers can overpower elephants weighing nearly six times as much. This means that an average-sized tiger, around 200 pounds, would be able to defeat an elephant in hand-to-hand combat by pushing their weight against theirs until they fall over—think sumo wrestling but with more blood.
It’s important to be aware that while some big cats, such as lions and jaguars, can pounce on their prey from up to 18 feet away, tigers attack almost exclusively at close range. We're not sure if you have any exotic travels on your mind, but just in case, some suggest if ever approached by a tiger, keep your hands visible and don’t run. Instead, back away slowly to open space—they’re less likely to see you as prey if you appear larger and aren’t cornered against something. Not sure how much that would help you in all honesty, we are no experts, so if you actually do venture anywhere with tigers around, best consult one before you go. If you come across tiger tracks, walk-in another direction; chances are there are tigers nearby. They don’t want anything to do with humans, and if you have any sense, and we do, you don't want much to do with them! Tigers are powerful, beautiful creatures meant for the wild and their own habitat.