Tiger Copulation

The tigress kisses the tiger - bites him gently - turns, rubs her body against his, raises her tail, and finally presents herself by sitting with fore-limbs fully extended and hind-legs more that half-bent. The tiger mounts her in a half-knees-bent position without putting any pressure on her body and she emits low, deep "Oaar oaaa" sounds. As the act comes to a climax, the tiger lowers his head and grips the skin folds of her neck firmly but carefully; this position helps both to achieve proper orientation at the time of the climax. The tiger then gives the peculiar high-pitched squeal..., the tigress growls, and finally gives a sudden jerk to dislodge the male. She turns round to face the tiger and starts boxing.

Extract from Sankhala K.S. 1977 Tiger: The story of the Indian tiger. New York: Simon and Schuster

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Tigers starting the mating process - Photo by Allie_Caulfield


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