There's some major medical drama unfolding at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium right now. It seems that Mali, one of the zoo's two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, went into cardiac arrest last night following surgery and is clinging to life. The zoo just sent out information on the 5-month-old tiger saying that her survival chances look "grim."
Zoo veterinarian Holly Reed performed gastronomical surgery on the tiger yesterday afternoon to remove some bone fragments that had blocked her intestines.
The bone was removed, but in the hours after the surgery Mali went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated by zoo staff. They brought her back to consciousness, but vets think she suffered brain damage from the loss of oxygen.
The zoo's head veterinarian Karen Wolf says she's not quitting yet though, saying in a statement:
"We haven't given up hope and are continuing to monitor her around-the-clock and provide intensive treatment."
Here's some more pics, courtesy of zoo staffer Whitney DalBalcon.
Mali with mother Jaya
A more recent photo of Mali with a Jack O' Lantern