20 Fierce Facts About The Many Species of Wild Cats Found Worldwide


The cougar holds the Guinness record for the animal with the highest number of names, with over 40 in English alone.

12Sand cat

The sand cat can survive in temperatures ranging from −5 °C (23 °F) to 52 °C (126 °F) and although they will drink when water is available, they are able to survive for months on the water in their food.

13Stripes in tiger

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.


Ligers continue growing throughout their entire lives due to a genetic disorder called growth dysplasia. They grow twice the size of their parents (mother is a tiger and father is a Lion). The largest cat in the world is a 922lb Liger.

15Maltese Tiger

There is a sub species of tigers with dark blue fur named Maltese Tiger, but they're now practically extinct.


In some areas, leopards commonly hunt dogs. They will even carry off dogs much larger than them, such as the Tibetan Mastiff and Newfoundland, that is used to protect from them. Iron collars are sometimes used to protect the dog's necks so they have a chance of surviving the initial attack.


Jackie the lion, one of the mascots for MGM, not only survived two train wrecks, an earthquake, a boat sinking, and an explosion at the studio, but also a plane crash that left him stranded in the Arizona wilderness for days.

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18Champawat Tigress

When the Champawat Tigress, a Bengal tiger responsible for the deaths of over 436 people was killed, it was discovered that its canine teeth were broken. This had prevented it from hunting its natural prey.


Tigers can seek revenge when they have been wronged and are very vengeful.

20Siberian tigers

Siberian tigers are reported to be the most patient and punishing predators.


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