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Newborn tiger at Point Defiance zoo is a girl, will be hand-reared after mother showed little interest in her

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on April 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm with No Comments »
April 18, 2013 3:54 pm
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo

The surprise tiger cub found in a nest box Wednesday morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a girl, staff said today.

She’ll be hand-reared, they said, because mother Jaya has shown little interest in the cub.

Zookeepers are hand feeding the cub every three hours.

They know the routine; the cub’s 8-month old brother, Dumai, was hand-reared for the same reason.

They brought him a playmate of the same age from Tulsa Zoo, Berani, who was in a similar situation. The idea is that the two can learn tiger behavior from each other.

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