Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Live Feed Follows Sumatran Tiger Cubs' Nursery in Jacksonville Zoo

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Live Feed Follows Sumatran Tiger Cubs' Nursery in Jacksonville Zoo

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has launched a live online video feed of its two critically endangered but healthy Sumatran tiger cubs that were born Nov. 20.

The cubs will not be on public exhibit for several months, after a series of health examinations and vaccinations and continued bonding with their mother. They must also undergo a swim test before being allowed to explore their outdoor habitat in public viewing areas.

However, the zoo has set up the live video feed (see below) of their nursery den in the tiger viewing building.

The birth of the new cubs was monitored by zoo staff using a closed-circuit camera system. At the first medical exam, veterinarian Yousuf Jafarey determined they each weighed 4.5 pounds, had no congenital health problems and were nursing well.

Also, mother Dorcas showed herself to be an adept parent.

A donor bought "naming rights" for one of the cubs and has asked Tiger Academy students to come up with the name, said zoo spokeswoman JJ Vitale. …

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