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Once-ill tiger cub Berani to go back on exhibit Friday at Point Defiance Zoo

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 7, 2013 at 10:20 am with No Comments »
March 7, 2013 10:20 am
Credit: Point Defiance Zoo
Credit: Point Defiance Zoo

A 6-month-old Malayan tiger cub that was critically ill last week is set to go back on exhibit Friday afternoon.

Visitors to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium can see Berani and playmate Dumai, a Sumatran tiger cub of the same age, in the Asian Forest Sanctuary starting at noon.

Berani will remain on exhibit all weekend as long as he continues to feel well, zoo officials said.

The cub underwent emergency surgery Feb. 25 after zookeepers noticed he didn’t feel well. Veterinarians said his illness was likely enterotoxemia, which are toxins caused by bacteria creating an infection.

Zoo officials said they are still trying to determine what caused the infection.

Berani was released from the animal hospital last Friday and returned to his enclosure.

Both cubs are members of an endangered species. There are about 300 Sumatran tigers in the wild and about 500 Malayan tigers worldwide.

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