By The Tribune-Review
Monday, May 12, 2008
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium announced today that its Amur tiger gave birth to a 2.2 pound female cub.
The cub was born Sunday, but Toma, the mother, wasn’t feeding it properly so zoo staff had to intervene this morning.
“She could not have planned her delivery any better — a baby on Mother’s Day,” Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the zoo, said in a news release. “However, we are very cautious to celebrate because, as with any birth, complications can arise. We are very concerned about this cub.”
Zoo staff are bottle-feeding the cub and plan to try to reintroduce her to Toma Tuesday morning. They suspect that Toma is not feeding the cub because the litter was too small to stimulate her to produce milk.
The cub is half-sister to Toma’s 18-month-old cubs Toma and Mara. Those cubs had a sister who died of birth defects.
Though most Amur litters consist of two to three cubs, a single cub is not unusual, Baker said.
There are about 400 Amur, or Siberian, tigers in the wild and 190 in Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited zoos.
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