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April 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Tacoma zoo’s newborn tiger being bottle-fed

The Associated Press

TACOMA — Zookeepers in Tacoma say a newborn female Sumatran tiger cub that came as a surprise to them will be hand-reared because her mother is, well, just not that interested.

The News Tribune reports that staffers at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium are bottle-feeding the cub every three hours.

She was found Wednesday in a nest box in the tiger exhibit.

Zoo staff say they hadn’t known the mother, 9-year-old Jaya, was pregnant.

The new cub’s older brother, 8-month-old Dumai, was hand-reared for the same reason. The zoo brought him a playmate of the same age from the Tulsa Zoo.

Zoo general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck says the Sumatran tiger is an endangered species and zoo births are rare.

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