Tiger cub rejected by mother finds new mom in Oklahoma zoo
Jul. 25, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A tiger cub rejected by her mother at the Philadelphia Zoo has been accepted by a new mother at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Officials with the two zoos said Monday that the cub, named Zoya, was accepted by a Sumatran tiger named Lola. Zoya is an Amur tiger, also known as a Siberian tiger.
Zoya is the lone survivor of five cubs born July 9 to a first-time mother in the Philadelphia Zoo, and the mother rejected her.
Lola had given birth a day earlier to three cubs of her own, leading to the transfer of Zoya to Oklahoma City because of the similarities of the two subspecies of tigers.
Both Amur and Sumatran tigers are endangered with fewer than 500 of each believed to be living in the wild.