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Being a solitary hunter is a survival advantage to the tiger because it needs to find only enough food to sustain itself and its cubs.

Solitary animals are those that spend a majority of their lives without others of their species, with possible exceptions for mating and raising their young. The antonym to a solitary animal is a social animal.

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TerritorialEdit

Animals that are solitary are often territorial and do not like the company of another animal in their territory and especially an animal of their own kind. This could be due to competition between rivals for the opportunity to mate or over territory. In some species these fights can end in the death of one or both animals.

ExceptionsEdit

The few times a solitary animal is with another of its kind is when it is caring for its offspring or when it is ready to mate. Nevertheless, when an offspring becomes independent the youngster will either leave on its own or be rejected by its parent. This trait could be because the parent no longer tolerates the presence of another of its kind or it is ready to mate again and cannot care for both its first offspring and a newborn. During a time of mating, a solitary animal tries to find a mate, and once the act is completed, the animal may repeat the mating process several times and then resume its solitary lifestyle.

 
Tasmanian devils are actually quite timid creatures when they come across a person. But when two Tasmanian devils are introduced they become very aggressive and hostile towards each other.

ReasonsEdit

Solitary animals live alone to avoid competition against other members of their own species.

ExamplesEdit

Solitary invertebratesEdit

Solitary vertebratesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Packer, C. "Frequently asked questions". University of Minnesota Lion Research Project. Retrieved 28 June 2011.