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Meet Tien, Tacoma’s newest clouded leopard

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm with No Comments »
June 17, 2013 8:00 pm
Sixteen-day-old, Tien, an endangered clouded leopard cub is held by staff biologist Kadie Burrone, during his afternoon feeding time, at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, in Tacoma, Monday, June 17, 2013. The 4.6 pound cub, born May 1, can be viewed during feedings at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily in the zoo's Cub Den.(Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)
Six-week-old Tien, an endangered clouded leopard cub is held by staff biologist Kadie Burrone, during his afternoon feeding time. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer) See more photos of the cub in our gallery.

The clouded leopard cub born last month at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium now has a name and can be seen by visitors to the zoo.

Tien, (pronounced Tea-n), was named by zookeepers for the Thai word meaning strong, stable and steady, though it’s not a direct translation, according to staff.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium staff biologist Kadie Burrone, offers her head as a climbing toy for endangered clouded leopard cub, Tien, during his afternoon feeding time, in Tacoma, Monday, June 17, 2013. The 4.6 pound cub, born May 1, can be viewed during feedings at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily in the zoo's Cub Den.(Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium staff biologist Kadie Burrone, offers her head as a climbing toy for endangered clouded leopard cub, Tien, during his afternoon feeding time. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

He was born to mother Chai Li and dad Nah Fun May 1, weighing about half a pound.

The now 4-pound cub made his public debut Saturday, and can be seen on exhibit for feedings at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.

Sixteen-day-old, Tien, an endangered clouded leopard cub is held by staff biologist Kadie Burrone, during his afternoon feeding time, at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, in Tacoma, Monday, June 17, 2013.  The 4.6 pound cub, born May 1, can be viewed during feedings at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily in the zoo's Cub Den.(Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)
The 4.6 pound cub, born May 1, can be viewed during feedings at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily in the zoo’s Cub Den. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

Sumatran tiger cub Kali takes over the cub den for feedings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

She was born April 17, and weighs about 16 pounds now, the zoo said. She first went on exhibit May 9.

Both clouded leopards and Sumatran tigers are endangered species.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium photo
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