Public getting first look at rare tiger cub

In early August, six Amur tiger cubs were born at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls. By mid-August, all but one were dead.

At that time, it was reported that there were only 133 Amur tigers in captivity in Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) accredited zoos in the country. The remaining cub is one of only four surviving Amur tiger cubs born in U.S. zoos this year.

That last surviving cub is apparently doing well and is being introduced to the public, according to a news release from the zoo:

The Amur Tiger cub born in July 2009 at the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is slowly being introduced to the Asian Cat exhibit where the public can meet her.  

With her zookeepers, she is becoming acquainted with her surroundings beyond the Zoo’s vet building, where she now lives.  In addition, “Callie” is becoming familiar with the Zoo’s big cat holding building and is gradually meeting the other big cats.

“It has been so fun to watch Callie grow and develop from a tiny infant into a curious cub so eager to discover her surroundings,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo.  “There has been so much interest in Callie, and we are excited for the public to be able to meet her.”

The Amur Tiger cub now weighs over 30 pounds.  Her feedings have been reduced to twice a day.  Callie now consumes 20 ounces of formula and 35 ounces of canned feline diet daily.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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