Sumatra Tiger Cub N’dari undergoes medical exam at Miami Zoo – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A baby Sumatran tiger at the Miami Zoo underwent a medical exam on Friday.
N’dari, a 10-month-old baby Sumatran tiger, was restrained so the animal health team could give him a thorough examination while taking a closer look at some small areas of hair loss.
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Medical experts have performed a series of tests which will hopefully yield more information about hair loss and minor skin damage that may be associated with allergies or other skin conditions.
N’dari’s examination also includes a series of x-rays, a blood sample, an ultrasound, and general examinations of the eyes and teeth.
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Weighing just over 81 pounds, N’dari, aside from minor skin problems and some dental abnormalities, appeared to be in good health. However, the results of several tests administered on Friday will provide the team with more definitive and detailed information from which to draw more precise conclusions, according to Zoo Miami’s communications director Ron Magill.
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N’dari has since recovered well from the procedures and is back in her waiting area where she will stay with her mother Leeloo and is expected to return to her habitat this weekend. Sumatran tigers are rare and critically endangered.
It is believed that there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild where they are found in the forested areas of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Their biggest threats are poaching and habitat loss to oil palm plantations. They are the smallest subspecies of tigers with males reaching up to 300 lbs. and females closer to 200 lbs.
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There are only 72 Sumatran tigers living in American zoos.