This pictures is a close up of a tiger. The eyes stuck out to me because they represent how eyes are the key to the soul. The mood it seems is fierce and ready for competition and that's how you have to be in life, or in Pi's case, on a life boat.
The caracal, unique cat with tall tufted ears. 20 different muscles in those ears help it find its prey while the sensitive tufts of fur further help to pinpoint its prey. The Caracal is able to snatch a bird in flight, sometimes more than one at a time.