Smithsonian hopes Sumatran tiger is pregnant after mating

01/7/2013 |

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has announced that after a cautious courtship, its two Sumatran tigers, Kavi and Damai, have mated. That's welcome news because there are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers believed to remain in the wild. Mating induces ovulation in female tigers, so if Damai doesn't go into heat again, zoo staff will know she is pregnant.

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