On November 14th of last year, an endangered Sumatran tiger named Satu, was born at Zoo Miami. The mother is Leeloo, a 4 year old Sumatran tiger. Leeloo is a first time mom and is a little apprehensive to come out of the exhibit with her cub. She and Satu have been mostly secluded inside their den for the past three months, but just a couple of days ago, they began giving them short periods of time outside together. Satu actually debuted by himself in January, but the mom and cub duo have just started being displayed together this week.
When we first arrived at the zoo, only Berani was out. He is the 8 year father of Satu. He was resting for several minutes, but like clockwork, he got up and headed towards the den at almost the exact time Leeloo and Satu were scheduled to be out.
We never saw Leeloo come outside of her den area today. The first image below is the first thing we saw when they opened the door. Leeloo is definitely protective of her cub! Satu sure tried to coax her out to play, but mama wasn't having any of it. He has no trouble, however, running in and out and being playful for the crowd. Leeloo mostly paces and stops at the door from time to time to check on her cub. Ron Magill was there today and he said that Leeloo did come out for a few minutes yesterday. Today, however, I only got shots of her at the entrance door. Below are some of my favorites, but there are many more images to see in the gallery. MEET SATU!