Seattle zoo to display tiger cub publicly for first time

She’s been an online video star for several weeks. So, it’s time for her public debut.

Woodland Park Zoo’s new Sumatran tiger cub, born at the zoo on Dec. 12, will have her first day on public display on Monday in the zoo’s Adaptations Building. The zoo has planned a celebration at 11:30 a.m. to mark the debut and announce the female cub’s new name.

Some staffers have been calling her Diva, but the zoo’s been conducting a naming poll. A list of suggested names, picked by staff members, is posted on the zoo’s Web site — www.zoo.org — and voting is open until midnight Sunday. The poll is open to all ages. The suggested names — all Malay/Indonesian names — reflect the endangered Sumatran tiger’s native habitat, the island of Sumatra.

Besides the online poll, zoo visitors also can vote at the zoo’s Visitor Assistance Center or Zoomazium during zoo hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The zoo has been posting periodic video updates of the cub on its Web site.

On Monday, the cub will be on view indoors from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, daily viewing hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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