- Posted April 1, 2009 by
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Raw Footage: Baby Tiger at Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Sylvester is a young Tiger, born at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo on January 31st 2008. His mother, "Hanna", deserted him a few weeks after birth and refused to nurse him. Reasons are unknown, but her young age and inexperience could be the cause.
Sylvester is a Sumatran Tiger, a species under threat of extinction in the wild. It is estimated that only 400 individuals of this species exist. Because of its rarity and its condition, the Sumatran tiger is part of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo's Zoological collection and it was decided to try and hand raise the tiger cub and try and save him, taking into account the various problems of hand raising wild animals. Introducing a hand raised tiger to other tigers later on in life can be problematic.
During the first weeks, Sylvester was raised at the Zoo's medical staff's home, being fed from a bottle every 3 hours. Now he spends his days at the Zoo clinic, behind the scenes.
Now Sylvester is getting acquainted with the Tiger exhibit so that he can hear and smell "Hanna" and "Avigdor", his biological parents.
Zoo officials hope to find a suitable home for Sylvester in one of the zoos around the world., while continuing its mission to breed this endangered species.