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Pittsburgh Zoo Officially Names Tiger Cub

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The baby tiger at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium now has a name.

After five months, zoo officials made the announcement — and chose a name with clear ties to his family background.

He has been named Paval and the newest addition to the tiger exhibit has changed considerably.

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“He’s growing, but he still does little cub behaviors – wrestling, swimming, playing. It’s all fun,” Lead Mammal Keeper Kathy Suthard said.

If you see Paval with his mom, they don’t look that different in size, but there’s really a big difference.

Pavel is 70 pounds right now. When full grown, he will be about 400 pounds and it’s just about time for a big growth spurt.

“I think he is really going to start to increase now. We will definitely see a big growth spurt coming,” Suthard said.

Like most teenagers, Paval is eating a ton. Specifically, he eats two pounds of meat each day. Despite the adult diet, he’s still a little kid at heart.

“His bites are stronger, but she pays him back,” Suthard said.

KDKA’s Rick Dayton Reports:

Zoo officials said they chose the name Paval because they’re always looking for unique names for their animals.

Paval is a Russian name and both of the little cub’s parents were born in Russia.

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