The Point Defiance Zoo welcomed its newest member of the family.
A new Sumatran tiger cub was born 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
“Mom and cub appear to be doing well," said zoo general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck. “We’re ecstatic about this birth. It represents another milestone in the work to preserve this critically endangered species.”
Jaya gave birth in a specially constructed den behind the scenes at the zoo. Beck, zoo veterinarians and staff biologists are monitoring mama and cub by video camera only.
The Sumatran tiger is a critically endangered species, and births in zoos are extremely rare, said Beck. The cub makes 74 Sumatran tigers in North American zoos.
About 200 Sumatran tigers live in zoos around the world. They are native only to the island of Sumatra. There are an estimated 300 in the wild.
KING 5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.