14 Facts About Tigers In Captivity That Everyone Watching "Tiger King" Should Know
Tigers are not pets.
First, tiger cubs in the wild usually spend up to two years with their moms. Tigers in captivity, however, are often prematurely separated from their mothers.
In adulthood, tigers are solitary animals, and being around throngs of people can be stressful.
Stress, lack of space, and the inability to perform "normal" behaviors in captivity can all contribute to stereotypies, or repetitive behaviors, such as pacing back and forth.
Tiger cubs used for petting and selfies are often malnourished to keep them small.
It costs at least $200 a week to feed a single tiger properly.
Breeding white tigers can lead to high rates of genetic issues, like abnormal eye alignment, crooked backbones, and organ problems.
It's unlikely that a tiger bred in captivity could survive in the wild.
Tigers are typically nocturnal in the wild.
Finally, owning a tiger is illegal in most states.
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