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the 6-month-old tiger, Berani, developed acute respiratory distress, was sedated and put on oxygen therapy after undergoing surgery. (Point Defiance Photo)

Tiger cub at Tacoma zoo in poor condition

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - An endangered Malayan tiger cub at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is in poor but stable condition Tuesday following emergency surgery Monday night.

The News Tribune reports that the 6-month-old tiger, Berani, developed acute respiratory distress, was sedated and put on oxygen therapy after undergoing surgery.

Zoo officials say the cub stopped eating, developed a high fever and became lethargic Monday afternoon. Veterinarians took X-rays and performed an ultrasound, testing for a possible intestinal blockage.

Zoo veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf says Berani could be suffering from an infection.

The tiger was brought to Tacoma from the Tulsa Zoo to be raised with Dumai, a Sumatran tiger cub born at Point Defiance four days before Berani.

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