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An instructive and entertaining paper on the tiger was read by Mr J. D. Inverarity at a recent meeting of the Bombay Natural History Society. Mr Inverarity is a shizarra, a tiger-slayer of considerable renown, and has keenly observed the habits of the animal. He has also carried a journal with him into the jungle, and has recorded the results of his observations on tbe spot. Further, he has brought the camera to aid his purpose, and has secured in the very haunts of the tiger photographs that throw much light on the animal's mode of life. One very curious point is the method in which the tigress teaches her cubs to kill. This she does by disabling the animal attacked, so that it cannot make its escape from the cubs, who then complete the-work. Mr Inverarity himself witnessed a scene of this kind, or at least came on the spot just after it had been enacted, aud when the marks were so fre9h as to admit of the whole story being read at a glance. An old bull nilgai had been the victim, and the tigress had disabled him by breaking one of his right forelegs just beloar che knee. She never touched his throat, the usual place of seizing, but allowed the cubs to mangle the disabled brute. Mr Inverarity frightened the three tigers from the carcase, and secured a photograph of it in its then condition, showing how the throat had not been lacerated. He got a second photograph next day, after the tigress and her brood had again visited the spot and completed their meal. In the end he succeeded in shooting the tigress and one of her cubsMr Inverarity has a number of other photographs, which show the appearance of a tiger's prey after the first meal. His experience goes to show that the animal first devours the hind-quarter_, vvhile, if tiger and tigress are together, the one eats at the hindquarters and the other the fore quarters. Again, when a tiger has not devoured the whole carcase and returns to his kill the next night, he never eats at the same place, but drags off the remains of the carcase forty or fifty yards before beginning operations. Therefore sportsmen sitting over a kill tie ie by the fore-leg to a tree ; otherwise the tiger would creep up and b_ off with it without stopping a second. Mr Inverarity j_i|_s:timed tigers when at thoir meals, and he found that a full grown tiger takes two hours' steady eating to finish the fOre-quarters of a bullock, He dissipates the myth about the " sledgehammer; stroke "of the fore paw ot the tiger," showing that the tiger simply clutches with his claws, exactly as a man might clutch another's arm with his fingers. He also gives a variety of curious information about the immense distances tigers wander during the night; how they keep to the jungle roads aud footpai hs, avoiding the more difficult tangled undergrowth ; how they are partial to the dustbath on the roads, rolling about in it with . evident satisfaction ; how they do not like moving about in the heat of the day, as che hot ground burns the pads of their feet and makes them quite raw ; and how they are sometimes discovered sitting In pools "of water in the heat of the day.

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SOMETHING NEW ABOUT THE TIGER., Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7152, 23 August 1888

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SOMETHING NEW ABOUT THE TIGER. Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7152, 23 August 1888