Endangered Sumatran tiger born at Zoo Miami

Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 10:47:08-05

MIAMI (AP) - Zoo Miami officials have announced the recent birth of a critically endangered male Sumatran tiger.

Zoo officials announced Monday that the yet-to-be-named 3-pound cub was born Nov. 14. It is the first Sumatran tiger born at the zoo. His parents are Leeloo of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Berani of the San Francisco Zoo.

This was Leeloo's first pregnancy. Since the Nov. 14 birth, she has only been separated from the cub briefly while zoo workers figured out the cub's sex, weight and health.

The male cub joins the rank of only 70 Sumatran tigers in U.S. zoos.

Researchers believe there are fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild.

The zoo welcomed a baby giraffe and Somali wild ass earlier this year.

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