14 Facts About Tigers In Captivity That Everyone Watching "Tiger King" Should Know

    Tigers are not pets.

    1. 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.

    2. In adulthood, tigers are solitary animals, and being around throngs of people can be stressful.

    3. 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.

    4. Some tigers develop serious muscular atrophy from life in small cages.

    5. Tiger cubs used for petting and selfies are often malnourished to keep them small.

    6. Plus, tiger cubs are indeed sometimes killed when they get too big.

    7. They can be super dangerous. Obviously, tigers are huge and have killed and injured people in the US.

    8. It costs at least $200 a week to feed a single tiger properly.

    9. And feeding tigers old meat from supermarkets doesn't satisfy their nutritional needs.

    10. Breeding white tigers can lead to high rates of genetic issues, like abnormal eye alignment, crooked backbones, and organ problems.

    11. It's unlikely that a tiger bred in captivity could survive in the wild.

    12. Adult tigers often mark their territory with urine or feces.

    13. Tigers are typically nocturnal in the wild.

    14. Finally, owning a tiger is illegal in most states.