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NEWS RELEASE: BATON ROUGE ZOO’S TIGER CUBS GET THEIR FIRST CHECK-UP

PHOTO RELEASE: BATON ROUGE ZOO’S TIGER CUBS GET THEIR FIRST CHECK-UP

August 22, 2014

The two female tiger cubs at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, born July 29, received their first veterinary check-up and clean bill of health earlier this week. During the check-up, the cubs weighed in at a healthy four pounds and 3.2 pounds, nearly doubling in size since their birth three weeks ago. At three weeks old, the cubs’ eyes are now open, although their vision will remain cloudy for the next couple of weeks. Both cubs are now able to stand on all fours and are beginning to attempt walking.

The cubs have not yet been named, although the public will be asked to help name the cubs in the coming weeks. They will continue to remain in the den with their mother for several more weeks as they continue to get stronger and grow more independent.

The public is invited to view the cubs on the Zoo’s Tiger Cam, sponsored by Manda Fine Meats and 100.7FM The Tiger. Since the camera’s inception, nearly 30,000 online viewing sessions, viewers from more than 40 countries and more than 8,400 viewer hours have been logged. To access, visit www.brzoo.org/tigercam.

About BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation. For more information, please visit www.brzoo.org.

MEDIA NOTE

Due to the risks of disturbing the mother which could result in injury to the cubs, there will be no media access to the tiger off-display holding building where the cubs and mother are currently. Therefore, media will not have the ability to photograph the cubs or mother. On-site story opportunities will be limited to interviews with Zoo staff and photography or videography of the tiger exhibit and Tiger Cam as viewable by the general public.

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