A Sumatran tiger cub that has been slowly recovering from a critical abdominal blockage will make a much-anticipated appearance Friday at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Six-month-old Mali will make her public debut at noon in the Asian Forest Sanctuary, along with brother Bima and mother Jaya.
After the cub underwent surgery Nov. 15, zoo keepers feared the worst but hoped the best for the endangered tiger. Mali has not yet regained her sight but she has made major improvements, such as eating and becoming active.
Mali and Bima’s births were internationally celebrated because they’re among about 75 Sumatran tigers living in captivity in North America. About 300 of the tigers live in the wild worldwide.