Revengeful Animal

Revengeful Animal


Tigers take revenge on those who have wronged them, one of the most revengeful animals on the planet.


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John Vaillant's The Tiger is a true story about Vladimir Markov, a poacher who met a grisly end in the winter of 1997 after he shot and wounded a tiger and then stole part of the tiger's kill. In writing the book, Vaillant interviewed people of all ages from families who had lived in the Russian Far East for generations.

"In living memory, there was no record of an incident like this, of a tiger hunting a human being," he says. "This was a highly unusual circumstance, completely driven by human behavior. If the tiger hadn't been shot, there would be no story." Cats in general have extremely good long-term memories. Long-term memory retention in the common house cat is 200 times greater than in dogs(while working memory is superior among canines).

The actual structure of the feline brain, while smaller, is very similar to us primates. Vengeance is a sign of great intelligence. "Researchers have discovered that there is not much difference between how a cat, a human, or another animal’s brain utilizes certain cues to assist in the creation of short and long-term memories. A cat’s brain functioning has been compared to that of a two to a three-year-old child and, when compared to a dog, a cat’s memory is almost 200 times more retentive.


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