10 Things You Didn't Know About The Endangered Tiger (PHOTOS)

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Tigers are a majestic animal, with their beautiful contrasting stripe patterns and piercing eyes. They play an important symbolic role in many Asian and East Indian cultures, and are specifically appreciated in China. As one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, the tiger is a vital cultural and mythological creature -- a symbol of war, representing the highest rank in the army. The rare white tiger is also valued as the god of the west, Bai Hu.

Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way animals are treated." We can only hope that the wild tiger will have a greater future role on this planet, rather than just an important symbolic status. Check out the slideshow of tiger pictures and facts below, and you just may fall in love with this beautifully ferocious King of the Beasts.

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