By Conor Christofferson KOMO Communities
Story Published: Nov 16, 2010 at 5:05 PM PST
TACOMA, Wash. – Veterinarians from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium performed exploratory surgery on an endangered Sumatran tiger cub on Monday, and zoo officials say her prognosis is grim.
Zoo keepers noticed that the cub, named Mali, was acting lethargic and looked uncomfortable yesterday, which prompted the surgery, according to the Zoo’s Whitney DalBalcon.
Vets looked at the five-month-old tiger and found her stomach taut and distended, and X-rays showed a blockage somewhere in her gastrointestinal tract.
Zoo veterinarian Dr. Holly Reed performed exploratory surgery and discovered that Mali might have eaten a bone, which was blocking the lower end of her stomach and preventing it from passing food to her intestines.
Head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf called the prognosis for the five-month-old tiger “grim,” but said she hadn’t given up hope and will continue to treat the animal.