Sundarbans tigers are ‘half the weight of other Bengal tigers in South Asia’

October 4th, 2010 - 4:00 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 4 (ANI): A study has found that tigers in the Sundarbans in Bangaldesh are nearly half the weight of other wild Bengal tigers in South Asia.

The average weight of female tigers in the Sundarbans forests was 76.7kg (170lb) as compared to 138.2 kg of other tigers, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service research.

Researchers said this could be because Sundarbans tigers ate smaller deer, reports BBC.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Bangladesh Forest Department - who carried out the study for the US Fish and Wildlife Service - weighed three Sundarbans tigers.

Adam Barlow, one of the authors of the research, said they do not know why the Sundarbans tigers are so small.

“This could be related to the small size of deer available to tigers in the Sundarbans, compared to the larger deer and other prey available to tigers in other parts,” he said. (ANI)

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