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Tiger cub released from animal hospital, in ‘very good’ condition

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm with 1 Comment »
March 1, 2013 1:42 pm

BeraniA Malayan tiger cub that has been ill all week was released from the animal hospital today and is in “very good” condition, according to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium veterinarians.

Berani returned to the Asian Forest Sanctuary this morning, immediately greeting foster brother Dumai with vocal sounds. The two are temporarily being kept apart with a partition to prevent the cubs from roughhousing while Berani recovers.

Berani fell suddenly ill Monday and underwent emergency surgery. His condition has been slowly improving all week.

“This is an animal who has made an astounding recovery,” zoo veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf said.

The 6-month-old cubs are being kept in an exhibit behind the scenes.

After being placed back in the exhibit today, zoo staff said Berani nosed around the enclosure, drank water, checked on Dumai and interacted with his keepers.

Veterinarians and zookeepers will continue to keep a close eye on the tiger.

Wolf said Berani’s illness was probably enterotoxemia, which means toxins brought about by bacteria caused an infection in the cub.

He remains on medicine to help his gastrointestinal tract and will have to make do with a bland diet for a few days.

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  1. The news story that made my day. Thank God for the Vet’s at PDZA, plus Consultants evidently. Sounds like it was a close call for Berani. These animals are stunningly beautiful and so much fun to watch play. The zoo is a treasure.

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