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Sumatran Tiger Cub N'dari Undergoes Medical Exam At Zoo Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Sumatran tiger cub at Zoo Miami received a medical exam on Friday.

N'dari, a 10-month old Sumatran tiger cub, was immobilized so the Animal Health team could give her a thorough examination while also getting a closer look at some small areas of hair loss.

N'dari Sumatran Tiger Cub Medical Exam Zoo Miami
N'dari, a Sumatran tiger cub at Zoo Miami undergoes a complete medical exam on Oct. 8, 2021. (Courtesy: Zoo Miami/Ron Magill)

The medical experts performed a series of tests that will hopefully lead to more information about the hair loss and minor skin lesions that may be associated with allergies or other skin diseases.

N'dari's exam also including a series of radiographs, blood collection, an ultrasound and general eye and dental exams.

N'dari Sumatran Tiger Cub Medical Exam Zoo Miami
N'dari, a Sumatran tiger cub at Zoo Miami undergoes a complete medical exam on Oct. 8, 2021. (Courtesy: Zoo Miami/Ron Magill)

Weighing in at just over 81 pounds, N'dari, short of the minor skin issues and some dental anomalies, appeared to be in generally good health.  However, results from several tests administered on Friday will provide the team with more definitive and detailed information from which they can make more accurate conclusions, according to Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill.

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N'dari has since recovered well from the procedures and is back at her holding area where she will remain with her mother Leeloo and is scheduled to be back on her habitat this weekend. Sumatran tigers are rare and critically endangered.

There are believed to be less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild where they are found in forested areas on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Their biggest threats are poaching and habitat loss to palm oil plantations. They are the smallest subspecies of tigers with males reaching up to 300 lbs. and females closer to 200 lbs.

There are only 72 Sumatran tigers living in U.S. zoos.

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