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Endangered tiger cub showing ‘slight improvement’ at Point Defiance Zoo

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2013 at 11:58 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2013 12:08 pm

A Malayan tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is showing “slight improvement” but remains sedated and receiving oxygen therapy, general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said.

Berani, one of the zoo’s two 6-month-old tiger cubs, underwent emergency surgery Monday night. His vital signs are stable and he is now receiving nutrition through a tube. Goodrowe Beck said she can tell Berani’s condition is improved because his vital signs are slowly returning to normal and he needs less help breathing.

A team of veterinarians continues to care for Berani around-the-clock and have not yet determined what caused the cub to suddenly fall ill. Berani’s playmate, Sumatran tiger cub Dumai, is healthy.

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