An endangered Amur tiger cub has been transferred from the St. Louis Zoo to the Minnesota Zoo, joining a tiger cub born last month.
The two zoos decided it would be best for the health of both cubs if they were paired together. They hope the social interaction between them enforces their natural tiger behaviors.
"Tigers learn from other tigers, so that kind of socialization with a cub her age will be good for this cub," said Steve Bircher, curator of mammals at the St. Louis Zoo.
The new cub, born July 1, was transferred to Minnesota aboard a Delta flight on July 19.
"I am proud to be part of such an important collaboration," says Diana Weinhardt, the Minnesota Zoo's Northern Trail supervisor. "Working with the St. Louis Zoo to provide the best social situation for these cubs has been a highlight of my zoo career. We are doing everything we can to make this the best possible situation."
The two tiger cubs already have something in common: both have been hand-reared because the mothers did not successfully nurse the cubs.