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Feb. 24th, 2007 | 08:40 pm
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posted by: tadianna in tiger_regit

Tigers always have a white spot on each ear. Some scientists that it is so their cubs can follow them at night.

Well, i gotta go eat dinner now. Byee!

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Phil Parker

From: tigertoy
Date: Feb. 24th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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The ear spots (I believe the technical term is ocelli, but I don't feel like looking it up) aren't unique to the tiger; all the big cats and many of the smaller ones have contrasting color on the backs of their ears. Two hypotheses are regularly advanced as to what their evolutionary purpose is -- the one you suggest, and the suggestion that they look like eyes from behind, so that a hunger coming up from behind will believe he's being watched.

In my own work with big cats, I've come up with my own hypothesis. The position of the ears is the most obvious indication the cat presents as to its emotional state. When the cat puts its ears back, those contrasting patches are visible from the front. Contrasting colors assist the cats' communication with each other.

Whatever the reason, it seems to be pretty deeply ingrained in the genetics. Even the snow white tiger, bred to be pure white without either the orange or the stripes, still has the black on the back of their ears.

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From: tadianna
Date: Feb. 25th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
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ok. thanks, but i already knew (most of) that.

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Just curious...

Renee Carter Hall

From: poetigress
Date: Feb. 26th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Um... what is this community supposed to be for/about? Obviously it's tiger-related, but I can't figure out much more based on the limited info in the profile.

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Re: Just curious...

tadianna

From: tadianna
Date: Feb. 27th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
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Well, its a comunity where tiger lovers(and sometimes even lion lovers!) come to discuss how to save tigers, ect.

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