LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Ellen Trout Zoo has announced the birth of an endangered jaguar on Aug. 20.
The male cub weighed in at 1.6 pounds and his name is Balam, which is the Mayan word for "jaguar."
The parents are 8-year-old Seraphina and 3-year-old Kabah. According to zoo director Gordon Henley, he was not being nursed or well-tended by the first- time mother, which is normal.
"It's not uncommon for first-time mothers to not take good care of their offspring. He was cold and weak," Henley said. "The decision was made to pull him, give him some fluids, and warm him up."
Zoo staff removed him from the mother and gave him medical and husbandry care, and he quickly rebounded. Henley said he is doing very well under the attention of the staff.
Balam is not yet on public display and is in visual contact with one or the other of its parents in the indoor enclosure.
"We just want to be sure that he stays warm and that he's not exposed to any diseases or any opportunity to get any infections," Henley said.
Balam is the latest jaguar born at the zoo since 1996.