Tiger Cub, Day 2 - It's a Girl!

by Lauren Kraft, Public Relations Coordinator

The Sacramento Zoo reports the birth of a Sumatran tiger cub, born on Thursday, March 18, 2010. This is the second litter for Bahagia, the female and Castro, the male; their first litter of three male cubs was born in November 2006. Bahagia and baby appear healthy at this early point in the baby’s life; the Zoo is hopeful the cub will continue to thrive.

Tiger cubs are about two pounds (1 Kg) at birth, born with eyes closed and rely entirely on their mother for the first three months. Mother and baby will be inside the den, away from public view, while the baby gains strength and coordination. Castro, the male, will be on exhibit daily.

The young cub had a quick veterinary exam early this morning and the vets confirmed - it's a girl!



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