New tiger to arrive at Tacoma zoo

New tiger to arrive at Tacoma zoo

Last updated: September 16th, 2009 06:50 AM (PDT)

TACOMA – Point Defiance Zoo on Tuesday night was scheduled to welcome a new Sumatran tiger, who was brought up from the San Francisco Zoo to mate with a female tiger at the Tacoma facility.

The 11-year-old tiger will be held in quarantine for a month, which is standard practice, before the public will be able to see him, zoo marketing and public relations manager Whitney DalBalcon said.

The tiger is the brother of Java, who currently resides at the zoo. The plan is for the new tiger to mate with the female tiger Jaya. He previously fathered two litters.

DalBalcon said the new animal has had two names. Originally, he was called Bali; later, he was called George. Local zoo staff has not decided which name to call him.

“When he gets here, we will decide whether he looks like a Bali or a George,” she said earlier Tuesday.

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