There are only 250 Malayan tigers, like three-month-old Bersi, left in the wild

By Kelli Bender
December 15, 2016 01:34 PM

Hey, it’s Thursday. Friday is so close, I promise. Until then, here’s a little something to get you through.

Meet Bersi, a three-month-old Malayan tiger cub who lives at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The baby was born in September to Bzui, and has been bonding in private with mom ever since, until now.

Bersi, which means Plump in Malay,  just made her public debut and was obviously a runaway hit. After three months tucked away, this cub has a lot of energy to burn. She has spent her first few days in the spotlight play fighting with her mom, pouncing and generally running amok.

Christina Lasso (Lowry Park Zoo)
Christina Lasso (Lowry Park Zoo)

This roly poly pussycat is an important addition to the animal kingdom. Bersi is the first Malayan tiger born at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. There are only 64 of these species in North American zoos and a mere 250 left in the wild. Many of the surviving Malayan tigers are male, so the addition of a female to the zoo population is especially important to conserving this threatened species.