Australia Zoo mourns the loss of unborn Sumatran tiger cubs
AUSTRALIA Zoo is saddened to announce that Kaitlyn the Sumatran tigerhas lost her tiger cubs early in her pregnancy. Kaitlyn was due to deliver the cubs in late June.
Staff and vets at Australia Zoo have been closely monitoring Kaitlyn's health since she began mating with Ramalon in early March.
Head Tiger Keeper, Giles Clark has said all indications were that Kaitlyn and her cubs were growing healthy and strong until a few days ago.
"We have been monitoring Kaitlyn very closely. A couple of days ago we found there were some changes in her hormones. After monitoring her further, we have discovered unfortunately she has lost the cubs," Giles said.
As with any animal, just like in the wild, there is always an element of risk that things won't work out as planned, but thankfully Kaitlyn is doing really well.
"Kaitlyn is fine," Giles said. "She is happy and healthy and there have been no changes in her behaviour. There has been no effect to her health in any way."
Kaitlyn is considered one of the most genetically valuable individuals in the world; with less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, breeding in captivity is crucial for the future of the species.
"When the time is right she may try again for more cubs, and we are optimistic we will have cubs in the future," Giles said.
The Australia Zoo family dearly loves Kaitlyn and want to thank the public for their ongoing support at this difficult time.