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3.2.09

India: Tigerland

"A male tiger on this side who hears a female over there will swim over to her," Dr. Sanyal said. Tigers can swim five miles, so the two-mile dash to Bangladesh would be a mere jaunt. "Once, I was following a tiger in a motorboat," Dr. Sanyal said, as we continued looking across the river. "And the tiger was swimming faster." A tiger is said to have clocked more than eighteen hundred feet at seven minutes and eighteen seconds—against the tide. Put another way, a tiger’s time for a hundred-metre freestyle would be a respectable one minute and twenty seconds. "Tiger is a very silent, very swift swimmer," Dr. Sanyal said.

Caroline Alexander, "Tiger Land," The New Yorker, April 21 2008



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