PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An adorable new addition at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium was introduced to the world today.
The Pittsburgh Zoo’s new tiger cub is just six-weeks-old and is already adored by the zoo staff.
Today, the cub, not yet named, had a check-up Thursday morning. His heart and lungs are strong, his eyes are in great shape and he even received his first round of vaccinations in front of our camera.
Raw Video Of The Tiger Cub:
“Just like your dogs and cats at home, our tigers here ares susceptible to the same diseases and therefore get the same vaccinations that your own pets do,” Director of Animal Health Dr. Ginger Takle said.
He is healthy and right where he should be.
He’s been spending all of his time with his mom, Toma, in a tiger den behind the scenes, away from visitors.
“The bond between him and Toma is spot on, everything that it should be. If he cries, she will just go back into the den box and investigate. She grooms him, he is nursing very well, he’s actually starting to nibble a little bit on some solid food,” Dr. Takle said.
“He doesn’t have brothers and sisters to play with. He has to play with mom, so she spends a lot of time just letting him play, climb all over her, she grooms him, he grooms her. It’s really nice to see them just having a good time,” Lead Mammal Keeper Kathy Suthard said.
Mom has been pretty protective and baby is starting to get more and more curious.
Once he gets bigger and sturdier on his feet, the cub will be moved into the exhibit with the other tigers.
KDKA’s Sarah Arbogast Reports:
“What we look for is can he navigate certain areas safely? What we don’t want to do is release him to a really large exhibit and him get into danger. Now, that’s probably us just being a little bit cautious because they are wild animals and there are no play pens out in the wild,” Dr. Takle said.
The cub will be on display as early as the end of June.