An endangered Malayan tiger cub remains in guarded condition today while veterinarians at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium work to figure out what is causing Berani’s illness.
The 6-month-old cub fell ill Monday and underwent emergency surgery to check for intestinal blockage. After that was ruled out, vets are trying to determine if he has an infection.
Berani is still sedated and a team of vets are treating him for breathing difficulties, regulating his temperature and trying to keep him comfortable. He is receiving around-the-clock care.
“We continue to be very concerned,” zoo general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said. “We are doing everything possible to care for Berani, who is very precious to us. He is an ambassador for an endangered species that is vanishing from the wild at an alarming rate.”
Berani came to the zoo in October to be raised with Dumai, a 6-month-old Sumatran tiger cub at Point Defiance. Dumai shows no signs of illness, zoo staff said.
“We very much appreciate the community’s support and compassion, not only for Berani, but also for our staff,” Goodrowe Beck said.