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Endangered Malayan Tiger Cub Showing Slight Improvement

Malayan tiger Berani is showing “slight improvement” at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as veterinarians and animal care staff maintain round-the-clock-care for the 6-month-old cub who suddenly fell ill on Monday.

His vital signs are stable, he continues to receive oxygen therapy and remains sedated, zoo general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said.

The cub, who weighs about 75 pounds, is now receiving nutrition through a tube, she said.

The team of veterinarians is continuing diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of his illness. Diagnostic results are pointing to some type of infectious process, Goodrowe Beck said.

Zoo staff members are grateful for and appreciative of the outpouring of well-wishes from the community, she added.