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  • Hi, this is Kate from MinuteEarth.

  • With a unique set of stripes for camouflage, and the strongest bite and most body mass

  • of any big cat, tigers are perfectly built for a life of stealthy, brutal nighttime ambushes

  • in the jungle, consuming about 150 pounds worth of prey each week.

  • And yet, today, there are just about as many of these apex predators pacing the backyards

  • of Texas as there are roaming the wild in the whole rest of the world.

  • That’s partly because there’s no law against owning a tiger in Texas, as long as youve

  • got 300 square feet of space and an eight-foot fence.

  • And apparently, Texans are really enthusiastic about the idea of owning a charismatic - deadly

  • - predator.

  • Only a few hundred owners have officially registered their pets with the state, but

  • rescue shelters field so many calls from distressed Texans who are either going broke buying cat

  • food, or are worried about becoming cat food themselves, that experts estimate the actual

  • Texan tiger population to be around 3,000.

  • Tiger researchers in Asia have used camera traps to come up with roughly the same estimate

  • for the wild tiger population.

  • But while the number of wild tigers continues to declinedue to both poaching and a

  • decrease in preythe captive Texan tigers will most likely keep multiplying.

  • Not only are the cultural climate and actual climate right for exotic pet ownership, but

  • tigersunlike other endangered megafaunaactually breed really well in captivity.

  • And it’s because of all that food - even in a small enclosure, a well-fed female can

  • give birth to more than a dozen cubs a year, several times more than her wild relatives.

  • At the rate theyre disappearing from the forests of Asia and popping up in the backyards

  • of America, tigers may soon go from being a symbol of wildness to being yet another

  • sign that everything really is bigger in Texas.

  • Speaking of felines, we wanted to introduce you to the cats of MinuteEarth.

  • Neko, Paka, Waffles, and Yardley often make cameos in our team meetings and occasionally

  • contribute to scripts by lounging on our keyboards.

  • And from all the cats AND people of MinuteEarth, we want to say a huge thank you to the sponsor

  • of this video: the University of Minnesota, where students, faculty and staff across all

  • fields of study are working to solve the Grand Challenges facing society.

  • University of Minnesota professor J.L. David Smith and his students, including Anup Joshi

  • have been studying tigers in the wild for more than 25 years.

  • Their CLAWS Lab has helped document the poaching, habitat loss and inbreeding that are hurting

  • wild tiger populations in Asia.

  • But theyve got some good news too: people banding together in Nepal to restore community

  • forests are not only producing more wood for themselves but are creating more habitat for

  • deerand for the tigers that prey on them.

  • Thanks, University of Minnesota!

Hi, this is Kate from MinuteEarth.

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德州為什麼有這麼多老虎? (Why Are There So Many Tigers In Texas?)

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