Sumatran tiger at Tacoma zoo dies

TACOMA — A Sumatran tiger that had been battling a brief illness has died at the Point Defiance Zoo &Aquarium in Tacoma.

The News Tribune reported that 5-year-old Bima had been receiving intensive care and treatment for several days before he died on Sunday.

But zoo officials said Monday that the exact cause of death had not yet been determined.

Head veterinarian Karen Wolf says the tiger had “elevated liver enzymes consistent with hepatitis” but that the zoo is working to identify the cause of his sudden illness.

Bima was born at Point Defiance. His mother, Jaya, is among the seven other tigers living at the zoo.

Sumatran tigers are native to the island of Sumatra, where about 300 are left in the wild.

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