Pittsburgh zoo says mother tiger has milk shortage

Pittsburgh zoo says mother tiger has milk shortage

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 10:20 P.M.

The head of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says a rare tiger is being given a drug to spur milk production in hopes she’ll begin to care for a cub she gave birth to on Sunday.

Dr. Barbara Baker, a veterinarian who is president and chief executive officer of the zoo, says examinations turned up no immediate evidence of any illness in the mother or cub.

But Baker says the mother’s below-normal milk production might be causing her indifference to the cub. The cub born to Toma, an Amur tiger, is being bottle fed.

If the drug doesn’t improve Toma’s milk production and spur more maternal instincts, the cub will continue to be bottle fed. Baker says tiger cubs have been successfully raised that way, though the zoo prefers its animals to raise their own young.



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