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September 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Photos: A first look at Tacoma’s tiny Sumatran tiger

(Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Staff biologist Christy Webster bottle-feeds the tiger cub Thursday at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

A rare Sumatran tiger cub, barely 3 weeks old and weighing about 9 pounds, made his first public appearance Thursday at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, with senior biologist Andy Goldfarb providing an arm for the cub to rest on during a feeding and weighing session.

The cub was born Aug. 22, and the zoo is inviting the public to help choose a name online.

Twice a day —11 a.m. and 3 p.m. — zoo visitors can see him interact with keepers and stuffed playmates, which he may or may not recognize as tigers.

Only an estimated 300 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, making the species one of the world’s most endangered. To learn more, see pdza.org.

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