By Allison M. Heinrichs
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Pittsburgh zoo staff planned to immobilize an Amur tiger today to examine her for problems because she isn’t nursing her newborn cub.
The tiger, Toma, gave birth to a female on Sunday and stopped feeding and caring for her that night. Zoo staff removed the cub from her den and began bottle-feeding her.
“This is very, very unusual,” said Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. “She’s not aggressive toward the cub; she’s just not displaying a lot of interest.”
The staff reintroduced the cub to Toma on Tuesday but removed her a few hours later to feed her. They planned to repeat that process with each feeding.