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Why do you think a tiger drinks water when the river water flows in the opposite direction and not towards the tiger?

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This is a fact.
M

It is true what matrygoldeng says.


This is the fact with all the animals particularly birds. Birds' lungs are not expandable like mammals', so birds have to be careful not to have their airways flooded.

The tiger has to be careful when drinking water because of its breathing and air stream mechanism. When it drinks (swallowing) , the airways are open and exposed, water can enter the nostrils and go into the lungs. This can cause health problems and in the wild, only the strongest can prevail.

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M

I do know Tigers hate getting water in their eyes but they love to swim. When they stand like they do it stops water from slashing in their eyes. They also stand in water this way so the water penetrates their coat more as they often get wet to help stay cool in the day, but I think the answer is so the tiger keeps the water out of its eyes.

EDIT - Interesting tiger fact - more tigers are kept in captivity than are in the wild.. kind of a sad fact actually.

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M

Well in that case I might guess that when the big cat drinks facing upstream its whiskers are tickled and it finds this annoying, but when drinking facing down stream the wiskers are brought more forward which feels better, and would be less likely to break the whiskers too.

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C

Tigers whiskers are used as a tactile sensor. They are used to detect and feel for objects in the environment ,if submerged in water they would not have this effect ,leaving them vulernable.

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S

This is because it's easier to drink that way. The water won't splash up into the tiger's face and nostrils. He might choke by drinking water flowing into his face.

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A

Maybe, to also detect impurities in the water like sand, pebbles and other debris.

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H

Good answers, but there's another reason for a tiger.

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H

Hint - It has something to do with the whiskers.

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