|Hector, Julie Langford|
|Depending upon the age group of those on the team, tiger mascots range from playful cubs, to friendly-looking cats, to ferocious man-eaters.|
|Tigers in China may be|
no different from those
elsewhere, but Chinese
artists have a distinct-
ively different manner in
Tigers first reached India and northern Asia in the late Pleistocene, reaching eastern Beringia (but not the American Continent), Japan, and Sakhalin. However, some evidence in the form of fossil skulls (distinct from lion skulls) could indicate that tigers may have been present in Alaska within as recently as 100,000 years ago during the last glaciation. Tigers are among the most recognizable and popular of the world's wildlife pre-dators. They have featured prominently in ancient myths and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. The tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, and South Korea. They appear on many flags, coats of arms, and, of course, as mascots for sporting teams.
|Some islands have lost their entire tiger populations.|
|Tiger cubs are more than oversized kittens, though|
sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.
|Cute little guys...for now, at least.|
|Prince of India, Richard Symonds|