Baby Tiger Makes Media Debut
BABY TIGER CUB MAKES DEBUT FOR MEDIA
(Pittsburgh) (May 2013)—At 6-weeks old, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s new Amur tiger cub is making his debut to the media.
“He is gaining weight, nursing, and just beginning to explore,” says Dr. Barbara Baker, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. “We are observing all the milestones that we expect in a cub of this age.”
Today, the little cub is having his six week exam. “He will be weighed, measured, and receive his vaccinations, though he may not be too happy with the injections,” says Kathy Suthard, Lead Mammal Keeper. “At his last check-up he weighed nine pounds.”
According to keepers, the little cub is curious. “He peeks around the corner when he hears our voices,” says Ms. Suthard. “But he isn’t sure of us yet, so he runs back to mom, jumping on her back.”
Mom, Toma, is very protective of her little boy. She pulls him back when he ventures too far and constantly grooms and purrs to him.
The next milestone for the little cub is to be introduced to solid food. “Right now, he just nibbles at meat, but isn’t interested in eating it,” says Ms. Suthard. “At first the meat is in addition to nursing and then gradually we will wean him away from mom and onto a more steady diet of solid food.”
The little cub is still too young to be able to navigate the outside yard so visitors can see him playing on a monitor at the Tiger Window.
Amur tigers were once called Siberian tigers because originally they were found throughout Siberia. They are now almost completely confined to the Far East portion of Russia along the Amur River. Amur tigers are the largest member of the cat family. They can grow to nearly four-feet-tall and more than seven-feet-long and live up to 26 years in zoos.
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