Sleepy Tigers

David Shepherd


sleepy tigers, david shepherd mounted

'Sleepy Tigers'
Signed Limited Edition of 850
Image Size 28" x 16"
Date of publication 1986
Complete with french bound mount.

Tigers usually prefer to sleep either on their stomachs or on their sides.
While these kings and queens of the jungle can sleep pretty much wherever they please, they can often be found snoozing in the shade or in shallow water.
Tigers do lay claim to a large territory where they live and hunt.
Why do tigers have stripes?
Tigers are the only big cats to have stripes and individuals can be identified by their pattern.
But when it comes to predatory adaptations, you wouldn't expect a coloration of bright orange with black stripes to be top of the list - in fact it might not be on the list at all.
However, while we typically see tigers in zoos, conspicuous against the green vegetation in their enclosures, their main prey is ungulates, which cannot detect the range of colours that we primates can.
To an animal with comparatively poor vision, the cat's bold, contrasting colours are much harder to pick out in the long grass.

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