Recovered tiger cub, brother ready for birthday



TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Point Defiance Zoo has a party planned to celebrate the first birthday of endangered Sumatran tiger cubs Mali and Bima. Mali nearly died of an intestinal blockage in November but has recovered.

The twin cubs born May 25, 2010, are among about 75 Sumatran tigers in North American zoos. The Tacoma zoo says fewer than 300 Sumatran tigers live in the wild worldwide.

On Wednesday, zoo keepers planned to give the cubs birthday “meatsicles” and scheduled a brief public appearance for reporters. The cubs will celebrate their first birthday with the public on Saturday.