Amur Tiger cub dies days after birth at Toronto Zoo

It was a difficult weekend for the Toronto Zoo after a days-old Amur Tiger cub died on Sunday. The zoo announced the cub’s death in a Facebook post Monday, saying he was found lethargic on Friday and had been separated from the other two cubs by his mother, Mazy. The cubs were born on April 30.When animal care staff observed this behaviour they brought the cub into the zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre’s Intensive Care Unit, the Facebook post said. Veterinary teams worked around the clock on the cub who was unconscious, severely hypothermic and dehydrated. After running blood tests, staff determined that the cub had “severe liver damage and life-threatening electrolyte imbalances due to dehydration,” the post said. A Veterinary Radiology Specialist conducted an ultrasound which determined the cub had hepatitis, due to a bacterial infection of the its liver. “Since he remained without suckling reflex, a gastric tube was used to feed him every three hours,” the post read. To keep the cub comfortable, staff gave him a stuffed animal toy that had a heartbeat to mimic that of his mother.By Sunday, the cub’s condition had not improved and he was showing signs of severe liver failure and other problems. Staff then made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him, the post said. “He fought very hard over those 48 hours and we are so proud of our entire team who heroically did everything to stabilize and improve the condition of this little male cub,” the Facebook post said. Zoo staff confirmed that Mazy’s two surviving cubs are doing well.The Amur Tiger is an endangered species, with fewer than 500 found in the wildBreanna Xavier-Carter is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: bxavier@thestar.ca

Amur Tiger cub dies days after birth at Toronto Zoo

It was a difficult weekend for the Toronto Zoo after a days-old Amur Tiger cub died on Sunday.

The zoo announced the cub’s death in a Facebook post Monday, saying he was found lethargic on Friday and had been separated from the other two cubs by his mother, Mazy. The cubs were born on April 30.

When animal care staff observed this behaviour they brought the cub into the zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre’s Intensive Care Unit, the Facebook post said.

Veterinary teams worked around the clock on the cub who was unconscious, severely hypothermic and dehydrated. After running blood tests, staff determined that the cub had “severe liver damage and life-threatening electrolyte imbalances due to dehydration,” the post said.

A Veterinary Radiology Specialist conducted an ultrasound which determined the cub had hepatitis, due to a bacterial infection of the its liver.

“Since he remained without suckling reflex, a gastric tube was used to feed him every three hours,” the post read.

To keep the cub comfortable, staff gave him a stuffed animal toy that had a heartbeat to mimic that of his mother.

By Sunday, the cub’s condition had not improved and he was showing signs of severe liver failure and other problems. Staff then made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him, the post said.

“He fought very hard over those 48 hours and we are so proud of our entire team who heroically did everything to stabilize and improve the condition of this little male cub,” the Facebook post said.

Zoo staff confirmed that Mazy’s two surviving cubs are doing well.

The Amur Tiger is an endangered species, with fewer than 500 found in the wild

Breanna Xavier-Carter is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: bxavier@thestar.ca

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Islanders Fall To Bruins In OT, Draw Penguins In First Round Of Playoffs

Taylor Hall scored his second goal of the game 2:53 into overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders in their home finale on Monday night to clinch third place in the East Division.

Islanders Fall To Bruins In OT, Draw Penguins In First Round Of Playoffs

BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Taylor Hall scored his second goal of the game 2:53 into overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders in their home finale on Monday night to clinch third place in the East Division.

Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which will face second-place Washington in the first round of the playoffs. Tuukka Rask had 16 saves.

Mathew Barzal and Oliver Wahlstrom scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves before he was replaced to start the third period by Ilya Sorokin, who stopped 10 shots.

New York will face East champion Pittsburgh in the first round.

Hall cut in front and beat Sorokin with a backhander for the game-winner.

Varlamov wasn’t on the bench for after the second intermission, and Cory Schneider came out in uniform and took a seat about seven minutes into the third period.

Going for the win in regulation, the Islanders pulled Sorokin for an extra skater with about a minute to play. Marchand had a long shot that just went just wide.

Boston had grabbed a 2-1 edge when Marchand, positioned at the top of the crease, redirected David Krejci’s pass into the net for his team-leading 29th goal at 6:15 of the second, but Barzal slipped a wrister over Rask’s right shoulder from the high slot just over two minutes later.

Varlamov kept it tied with two solid saves in the closing minute of the second; dropping to block Sean Kuraly’s close bid and flashing his left pad on Patrice Bergeron’s shot from the slot.

Trailing 1-0, the Islanders tied it on Wahlstrom’s power-play goal that beat Rask past his stick with New York skating on a 4-on-3 advantage.

Hall’s goal made it 1-0 in the final minute of the opening period. With the Bruins on a two-man, power-play advantage he one-timed Krejci’s pass from the opposite side of the ice inside the near post on a tough-angle shot.

MEMORY LANE

Fifty-one years ago, Bobby Orr scored an overtime goal against St. Louis to give the Bruins the Stanley Cup, with the Hall of Fame defenseman flying through-the-air horizontally with his stick raised after he was tripped just after the puck went into the net. The moment is forever captured with a statue just outside the entrance to TD Garden.

LARGER CROWDS ALLOWED

Monday’s game marked the first day that the state of Massachusetts was allowing 25% capacity at larger venues like the Garden and Fenway Park. Due to restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance had been limited to 12% since for fans on March 22.

“Let’s GO Bruins!” chants were noticeably louder.

NOTES: Hall has eight goals with Boston since being acquired from Buffalo in a trade-deadline deal. … Bruins forward Ondrej Kase played for the first time since sustaining an upper-body injury on Jan. 16, but forward Charlie Coyle missed his third straight with an upper-body injury. … Varlamov entered the night leading the league with seven shutouts.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Open playoffs against Pittsburgh.

Bruins: At Washington on Tuesday night, the regular-season finale for both teams.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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