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Happy Year of the Tiger by HeWhoWalksWithTigers Happy Year of the Tiger by HeWhoWalksWithTigers
*Update: It's come to my attention that Tonghua here has recently passed away. He was 17, which is considered old age for a tiger and during that time he helped bring the plight of his species to many guests. He will definitely be missed.

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The Year of the Tiger has begun under the Chinese zodiac and a big Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at the Toronto zoo shares with you a toothy tiger smile! May all of you have a prosperous new year, whether or not you celebrate.

As a tiger myself (surprising, I know...I'm a fire tiger), I felt it prudent to share with some facts about what the zodiac says about us. Frighteningly accurate, if I may say so!

Chinese Horoscope - The Tiger:

Years: 1902, 1914,1926,1938,1950,1962,1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Famous Tigers: Sun Yat Sen, Queen Elizabeth II, Emily Dickinson, Isadora Duncan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe, Marco Polo, Beatrix Potter, Karl Marx, Ludwig van Beethoven, Steve Irwin

Description: Tigers are fond of competitions. They simply cannot pass up a challenge. They may appear cool and are unpredictable, and it would be unwise to underestimate their reactions. Natural leaders, they have a strong sense of their own dignity. They are intelligent, alert, and farsighted. Good strategists and tacticians, they often have a hidden agenda. As long as they do not risk their luck too often, keep their restless nature under control, they will enjoy success and happiness.

People born in the Year of the Tiger are straightforward and uninhibited in nature. They will never give up no matter how frustrated they may become, but they are also full of suspicion and may sometimes make hasty decisions.

They must be aware of how they react to and are affected by the consequences of their tempers. They should take it easy and learn to pace themselves to keep active longer and to prevent early burnout. They are blessed with flexibility and often recover quickly from illness or pain.

Some people born in the Year of the Tiger are gentle and full of sympathy. They are kind, love babies. Others can be stubborn and selfish. Generally speaking, people born in the Year of the Tiger are fond of playing, and full of enthusiasm and sentiment. Some are mercurial. They can laugh happily one moment, and cry the next. They are be optimistic, but can lose heart in a second.

People born in the Year of the Tiger take pride in being different to others, and generally illustrate their originality best in their homes. Their homes are usually filled with exotic treasures. They are fast learners, need challenge and often work alone. Some tend to change careers more often because they get bored easily. They are natural born leaders and perform best if working towards positions of power and influence. They like to spend money, and also to share it. They can be quite impulsive spenders because they know they can always make more.

It is interesting that their two main features are rashness and hesitation, a pair of contradictions. If they know how to relax and do things according to the situation, they can become quite successful.

Tigers are incredibly sexy people, beautiful to most people and sensually romantic. They are spontaneous lovers who never lose their creative spark or flare for an evening of passion. They offer their partner a hint of danger and exhibit a curiosity for the unknown.



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Tigers are the largest of the big cats and are exclusively found in Asia from India to Vietnam, from Indonesia to the Russian Far East. The tiger can be divided into 9 subspecies: 4 are currently critically endangered and 3 are already extinct. Though estimations of tiger populations only a few years ago was 5,500-6,000, today populations are likely closer to 3,500 and are still declining. Dramatic declines of the tiger in India, thought to host the majority of the world's tigers, have fallen to less than 1,411. Overall, the past decade has seen a 40% reduction in tiger habitat, which now represents a mere 7% of its historic range. Poaching is a significant problem throughout the tiger's range, the demand for its body parts in traditional medicines, tonics, and exotic dishes driving a lucrative trade that is wiping out entire populations. Long-term threats include habitat fragmentation and prey depletion, which is accelerating the tiger's demise and subsequently reducing the long-term genetic viability of many populations.

If you want to help, the best for you to do is to educate yourself ([link]), never buy products made from tigers or endangered species ([link]), and tell others. Contact me for more information.

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:iconangrybirdstoons2015:
AngryBirdsToons2015 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I'm a TIGER
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:iconmsteeq:
msteeq Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
cute smile. Reminds me of my friends dog when she smiles.
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:iconzecketo:
zecketo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist
that's deep be cause im zodic is the tiger ... now im sad :'(
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:iconmoonkitty55:
moonkitty55 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
He\she I'd so cute he saying everybody is happy happy happy :)!!
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:iconlynneboreham:
lynneboreham Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
The Chinese kill more Tigers for medicine than any other country. Try saving them instead of eating them.
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:iconaramos2003:
Aramos2003 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist
SMILE AND SAY CHEESE!
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fantastic catch! I don't think I've seen an expression like that on a great cat. Kind of politely says, "Why, yes, I do intend to eat your spine."
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NydiaCornejo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
that is so funny! You caught him at a perfect time! May he rest in peace!
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BlueLumi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hello there, this is such a beautiful photograph! I have used this as a reference and gave you credit for the pose I have used. [link]
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love that grin!
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:iconblubirdss:
Blubirdss Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here..hope you don't mind [link] :heart:
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OlMountainWoman Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012   Photographer
you are featured here [link]
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:iconlonglivart:
longlivart Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Photographer
He's smiling at the camera for you..... He thinks your a paparazzi.. Haha :D
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
amazing pix! love it!8D
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:iconruaiagei:
RuaiAgei Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Say "Cheese"!
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PleisarPup Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
You captured the perfect expression on his face. Beautiful composition!
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:iconwintella:
Wintella Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! The smile is great!
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badneko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what sign are you in Chinesse horoscope ? =o
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:iconhewhowalkswithtigers:
HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Tiger, of course.
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:iconbadneko:
badneko Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :3
you discover that before or after start with tiger photos ?
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:iconhewhowalkswithtigers:
HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well before.
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Horrorcoco Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Would I be able to share this pic on my Horror page... I know its not Horror themed but I absolutely LOVE it :)
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:iconhewhowalkswithtigers:
HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure! Share to your heart's content!
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Horrorcoco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thank you :)
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BatmanKnowsAll Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
I'm year of the tiger and the description hardly fits me.AWWWWMYGAWD THAT'S ONE BEATIFUL TIGER
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:iconleafblightthegreat:
LeafblightTheGreat Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Haha, dats a funny one humon... Come a leettle closer and tell it again... >:3
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Tai-L-RodRigueZ Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
great)
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:iconhewhowalkswithtigers:
HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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xenaferetek Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Wow this is a perfect shot!
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:iconhewhowalkswithtigers:
HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like it! =)
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griffonmeister Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist
nice capture.
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:iconhewhowalkswithtigers:
HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:icongriffonmeister:
griffonmeister Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist
you're welcome
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Inked-Alpha Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this made me smile :D
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad!
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chellaam Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yay, Sun Yat Sen, Queen Elizabeth II, Emily Dickinson, Isadora Duncan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe, Marco Polo, Beatrix Potter, Karl Marx, Ludwig van Beethoven, Steve Irwin are tigers like me!

(1998)
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool! Tiger buddies!
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011   General Artist
Beautiful smile!
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Sir-Drago Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Featureeeeed :iconexcitedplz::iconlachoirplz:
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