A tiger’s stripes help to break up the outline of its body and make it hard to see. They also look like shadows as the tiger stalks through long grass in the moonlight. Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.
The pattern is actually part of the animal’s skin so it appears below the fur as well. Tigers don’t need protection from other animals, though they do need protection from human beings. The striped-coat camouflage serves to hide them from prey.
The tiger has few enemies; besides humans, they are large buffaloes, elephants and bears. Its defence against other animals that may attack are its large claws and very powerful teeth. … The main predator of the tiger is humankind.