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Point Defiance Zoo’s new tiger cub debuts, needs a name

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s new Sumatran tiger cub made its debut Thursday at the zoo’s Cub Den in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.

The 3-week-old cub will live in the Asian Forest Sanctuary, and visitors can see him there sleeping, playing with toys and exploring his world. There will be special keeper interactions each day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

On its Facebook page, the zoo said the cub weighs almost 9 pounds and is “growing rapidly.” He was born Aug. 22 to Jaya, who gave birth to two cubs in 2010. The Sumatran tiger is

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Rare Sumatran tiger cub born at Point Defiance Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium welcomed a new tiger into its fold Wednesday night.

The rare Sumatran tiger cub was born at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday to Jaya, who gave birth to two cubs in 2010, the zoo said in a news release. Jaya “and her cub appear to be doing well, and Jaya is a very attentive parent,” the zoo said.

The cub was sired by Malosi, who came to Point Defiance in April from the Honolulu Zoo to breed with Jaya.

The Sumatran tiger is a critically endangered species, and births in zoos are extremely rare, said the zoo’s

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Tiger cub Mali showing ‘signs of improvement’

Here is the latest condition report on tiger cub at Point Defiance:

Female tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo continues to show significant improvement

Tacoma, Wash. – Mali, one of two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, continues to show steady signs of improvement but remains in serious condition after undergoing surgery on Monday.

Zoo head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf is pleased with the significant progress the five-month-old cub has made over the past 24 hours. “Mali has made huge leaps forward but still has a long road ahead of her,” she said.


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Peeking in on Point Defiance cubs

Fresh in from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, here’s a video feed of the new Sumatran tiger cubs and mom.

Here is Jeff Mayor’s earlier story about the new additions.

Jaya, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s 6-year-old Sumatran tiger, is a mom.

Zoo officials are watching as she cares for two tiger cubs after giving birth on Tuesday. This is Jaya’s first litter.

A third cub died during birth.

Zoo staffers have seen the cubs only via a video surveillance camera inside the

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Name that tiger: ‘Kitty’ not an option

Still time to cast your vote to help choose the name for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s newest Sumatran Tiger. The choices: Bali or George.

Here are arguments in favor of either name, from Point D’s Web site:

Keeper Andy cast his vote for Bali.
“Bali was his original name,” Andy said. “Plus, his brother’s name is Java. The islands of Java and Bali both had tigers at one point, but they’ve gone extinct. So, their names reference that significant loss that we have suffered.”

Keeper Paul cast his vote for George.
“George just fits

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