ZOO MIAMI TIGER CUB RECEIVES SUPPLIMENTAL FEEDINGS
The highly endangered Sumatran tiger cub that was born at Zoo Miami on November 14th is now being regularly separated from its mother to receive supplemental feedings.
After two weeks of consistent weight gain and what appeared to be excellent progress, the cub experienced several days of weight loss that became a critical concern of zoo management. The belief is that this single cub is not creating enough nursing stimulation and therefore, the mother’s milk production is beginning to dry up. This is not an uncommon occurrence in first time mothers with single cubs.
The staff has begun to separate the cub from the mother on a regular basis to provide supplemental bottle feedings which the cub has accepted and is now beginning to gain weight again. What is also important is the fact that the mother is tolerating the cub being separated from her for those short periods of time and then accepting the cub back after the supplemental feedings are done. This is crucial for the normal development of the cub as the mother continues to groom him and socialize him so that he can truly learn how to be a tiger.
It is our hope that the mother will continue to tolerate the cub being separated for these supplemental feedings and that the cub continues to develop normally. It is through the careful observations and dedicated care from the staff that this cub is once again thriving as it would probably not have survived in the wild.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami