Sumatran Tiger Cub Named for Dad

C.J., the Sacramento Zoo's Sumatran tiger cub, at 11 days old.
C.J., the Sacramento Zoo's Sumatran tiger cub, at 11 days old.

A 3-pound, striped bundle of joy who arrived at the Sacramento Zoo two weeks ago now has a name: Castro Jr., in honor of his father.

The male Sumatran tiger cub, who just opened his eyes, is nicknamed C.J. His dad was recently diagnosed with cancer and is receiving chemotherapy. Little C.J. is the youngest of five offspring born to Castro and his mate, Bahagia.

All of C.J.’s older siblings are now living at other zoos, where they’ve been paired with possible mates.

“The birth of any Sumatran Tiger is a great contribution to this critically endangered species,” said Mary Healy, the zoo’s director, according to the Sacramento Zoo Blog.  

The baby tiger and his mom will stay in a den, away from public viewing, until May or June.

Sacramento zoo tiger cub closeup
Look at that face! The cub is just four days old in this picture.
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