Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - DYNASTIES PART TWO -

The abil­ity to hunt an­i­mals far big­ger and heav­ier than it­self makes the tiger unique among large preda­tors – li­ons and chee­tahs do go af­ter big prey, but usu­ally they hunt as a team rather than on their own. Not so the tiger, which al­ways hunts alone. Once a tiger has suc­cess­fully killed, it will drag the body of its vic­tim into cover, so it can feed with­out be­ing dis­turbed. This re­duces the dan­ger of any of the meat be­ing taken by other preda­tors – in­clud­ing ri­val tigers.

When feed­ing, Raj Bhera gorges her­self on the meat, start­ing at the fleshy hindquar­ters of the an­i­mal, and us­ing her side teeth to rip off huge chunks of flesh, be­fore then mov­ing on to the rest of the car­cass. A large adult tiger can eat up to one-fifth of its body­weight from a sin­gle kill, dur­ing two or three days.

Hav­ing fin­ished feed­ing, Raj Bhera will of­ten cover up the re­mains of the car­cass us­ing what­ever ma­te­rial comes to hand, in­clud­ing leaves and grass, to hide them in case she needs to re­turn later to feed some more.

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