Tiger cub Mali's condition improves from 'grim' to 'grave'

Tiger cub Mali's condition improves from 'grim' to 'grave'

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Tiger cub Mali's condition improves from 'grim' to 'grave'

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 17 at 2:18 PM

TACOMA -- The head veterinarian at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium upgraded the prognosis of a female Sumatran tiger cub from grim to grave Wednesday, two days after the cub underwent surgery.

"We're very worried about Mali and are doing everything we possibly can to help her," said head zoo veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf.

Five-month-old Mali underwent surgery Monday for a blocked intestine. After surgery she went into cardiac arrest and may have suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen.

Wolf said Wednesday Mali is showing signs of improvement, but is still very sick. Vets report Mali is waking up for short amounts of time, responding to light, eating small amounts of soft cat food, and her vital signs have returned to normal.

Mali is one of two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

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