Honolulu Sumatran tiger to breed at Tacoma zoo

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Point Defiance Zoo says a male Sumatran tiger from the Honolulu Zoo is expected to arrive Wednesday to breed with the Tacoma zoo’s female.

General curator Karen Goodrowe Beck says the zoos hope to boost the population of the critically endangered animals.

The 3-year-old male Malosi has not yet fathered a litter of cubs. The Tacoma zoo’s Jaya gave birth to two cubs in 2010. One of the cubs died last July after an intestinal problem.