It’s a girl! Indy Zoo gives updates on baby tiger

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (August 17, 2014) — It’s a girl for proud tiger mama Andrea, bringing the zoo’s number of endangered Amur tigers to four. The cub was born on July 10 and has been growing steady since – the zoo says she was almost 11 pounds at her most recent weigh-in. The zoo released the sex of the cub Saturday afternoon.

The cub, who is not yet named, joins other Amur tigers, including 7-year-old Petya, the cub’s father, and 11-year-old female Cila, who was also born at the zoo.

Amur tigers, once one of the largest cat species, are an endangered species due to poaching and deforestation.  It is estimated less than 500 survive in the wild and are scattered across far east Russia. Once known as Siberian tigers, 155 Amur tigers currently in Association of Zoos and Aquariums facilities in the United States.

Zoo officials said the cub and mother Andrea are doing well and will remain in a private indoor area for several weeks.  The public will soon have a chance to weigh in on the newborn’s name through a poll on the zoo’s Facebook page.

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