Zoo Miami carnivore supervisor Ivy Brower

Sumatran Tiger Cub Born at Zoo Miami

The Zoo Miami officials has announced the birth of a critically endangered male Sumatran tiger.

Zoo officials announced Monday that the three pound cub was born November 14th, and it is the first Sumatran tiger every born at Zoo Miami. The tiger cubs mom and dad are Leeloo of the Oklahoma City zoo and Berani, a tiger found at the San Francisco Zoo.

Leeloo is a first time mom and since the cub was born she has only been briefly separated from him while the zookeepers checked the cub to identify its gender, weight and determine its health.

Currently there are about 70 Sumatran tigers in the United States, and researchers believe there are fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild.

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