Sumatran Tiger Cub at Zoo Miami Has A Health Check

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: March 18, 2021 10:45 am

Zoo Miami Sumatran tiger cub

Elle Bell, Tiger Keeper at Zoo Miami holds the cub during the health check

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

A Sumatran tiger cub is ready to be introduced to the world after she was born at Zoo Miami in the USA on January 5th 2020. The mother of the cub is 9 year old female ‘Leeloo’ who is a second time mother. The father is 12 year old Berani.

Since her birth keepers have taken extra precautions to keep the cub and mother secluded. Leeloo is a particularly nervous and protective mother so keepers want to reduce external stress.

Zoo Miami Sumatran tiger cub

The Sumatran tiger cub during her health check at Zoo Miami

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

On March 3rd keepers were able to perform a health check on the cub. This allowed ample time for the cub and mother to bond without interruption. Keepers weighed the cub and she was 6.5kg (14.3lbs).

As part of the exam the cub also received her first set of exams and a microchip which will allow for identification in to the future. A fecal sample was also collected and a general examination of the ears, eyes and mouth were performed.

The cub has survived the most critical period of its life and is doing well. She will remain in seclusion with her mother for an as yet undetermined length of time until they are ready to make a public debut.

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Zoo Miami believe this is the first Sumatran tiger born in the United States since 2019. Currently only 72 tigers live in US zoos.

Leeloo was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo in July of 2011 and arrived at Zoo Miami in December of 2013. Father Berani came to Zoo Miami in August 2013 from San Francisco Zoo where he was born.

Keepers will name the cub through a naming contest with funds raised supporting the Species Survival Plan’s “Tiger Conservation Campaign.” Details of the contest will be announced on March 29th on the zoo’s Facebook page.

Zoo Miami Sumatran tiger cub

Dr. Marisa Bezjian, Associate Zoo Veterinarian examines the Sumatran tiger cub

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

Sumatran tigers are listed as endangered in the wilds of Sumatra where they are naturally found. As few as 500 of these animals are thought to remain on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra.

Currently the biggest threats they face are from poaching and habitat loss to palm oil plantations.

They are the smallest subspecies of tiger and as an adult the cub would be expected to weigh 90.7kg (200lbs) while males can reach 136kg (300lbs).

Zoo Miami Sumatran tiger cub

Dr. Marisa Bezjian, Associate Zoo Veterinarian examines the Sumatran tiger cub

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

Learn more about Sumatran Tigers here – Sumatran Tiger Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Zoo Miami on their website – Zoo Miami

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