It has to be said that, as the most abundant animal on earth, besides human beings themselves, Panthera Tigris obviously does not get the reverence they deserve on today’s Chinese network. It’s amazing that some people can tell such a ridiculous story as "the ancient people were afraid of tigers because they didn’t understand strange things", and a lot of people agree with it.
Figure 1-3: "The Champawat Tiger" is considered the most murderous tiger in history. This is an old female tiger. Because her teeth are badly damaged, she loses the ability to hunt wild animals and compete with other beasts, so she chooses easy-to-catch humans as her prey. It reportedly ate nearly 400 people before being shot by British officer Jim Corbett in 1907.
Figure 4: 19th century tiger hunting painting. The British colonial government used to hunt a lot of tigers in South Asia, which was contrary to today’s animal protection policy, but at that time it was considered a virtuous government and was supported by the poor in India.
Fig. 5: The tiger attacked the man on the elephant’s back.
Figure 6: Statistics of tiger infestation in southeastern China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Figure 7: More conservative statistics on the number of tiger killings, from Jonny Le and Eivin Rskaft’s "Large Carnivores and Human Safety: A Review". The author believes that more than 12,000 people were killed by tigers in the twentieth century – far more than the total number of lions, leopards, wolves, brown bears and other beasts killed in the list.
Figure 8: More radical statistics of tiger killings, from Tigers of the World: The Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris. From 1800 to 2009, 370,000 people in Asia were killed by tigers.
Figure 9: The latest killing of tigers happened just a few days ago.