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  Mating  
 
   

Mating may take place at any time of the year. In the wild, sexual maturity is reached at year 3 to 4 in females, and year 4 to 5 in males.

While mating, tigers are always very excited and noisy. The female rolls on the ground, waves her paws, and finally crouches on her belly. The male, which up to that moment just watches his mate, now stands over her, utters series of roars, and generally seizes her nape with his canines without piercing the skin.

 
 
   

Copulation lasts 15 to 20 seconds, at the most; when it is over, the male quickly gets out of the way because the female will often jump to her feet and try to hit him with her forepaws.

This "love scene" takes place dozens of times a day. At mating time tigers produce grunting, growling, and hissing sounds, as well as roars and groans. In the wild, tiger and tigress stay together for about 5 to 7 days. However, the male tiger does not stay with the female after mating, and does not participate in raising the cubs.

 
 
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Mating may take place at any time of the year. In the wild, sexual maturity is reached at year 3 to 4 in females, and year 4 to 5 in males. While mating, tigers are always very excited and noisy. The female rolls on the ground, waves her paws, and finally crouches on her belly. The male, which up to that moment just watches his mate, now stands over her, utters series of roars, and generally seizes her nape with his canines without piercing the skin. Copulation lasts 15 to 20 seconds, at the most; when it is over, the male quickly gets out of the way because the female will often jump to her feet and try to hit him with her forepaws. This "love scene" takes place dozens of times a day. At mating time tigers produce grunting, growling, and hissing sounds, as well as roars and groans. In the wild, tiger and tigress stay together for about 5 to 7 days. However, the male tiger does not stay with the female after mating, and does not participate in raising the cubs.
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