Sumatran Tiger Cub Found Dead at LA Zoo

Tiger cub passes away after suffering head trauma

By Reanna Delgadillo
|  Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011  |  Updated 5:36 PM PDT
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Aug. 26, 2011: Two Sumatran tiger cubs are seen this photo provided by the Los Angeles Zoo.

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The Los Angeles Zoo has lost one of three tiger cubs born last month, zoo officials said Tuesday.

The zoo performed a necropsy on the Sumatran tiger cub and found it passed away due to head trauma.

The cub died overnight when no one was there, said Leinani Bernabe, LA Zoo spokeswoman. Zoo staff found the cub on their initial checks Monday morning.

Visitor traffic to the tiger habitat was not hindered as the cubs are still so young they have not been debuted to the public yet. 

The mother will continue to two raise her other two cubs, which were born Aug. 6.

The zoo recently welcomed the birth of two giant otter pups on July 10, and 21 Komodo dragon eggs hatched in the days between Aug. 3-12. 

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the 134 and 5 freeways. Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for children (ages 2 to 12). The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call 323-644-4200 or visit lazoo.org.

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