In 2012, Berani was a 6-week-old baby tiger who had flown from Tulsa to Tacoma Narrows Airport to grow up with Dumai, another baby tiger born at The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Both were balls of striped fur with tiny round ears who were born in single cub litters. For about three years they grew up together.
But now the adopted brothers are all grown up. While they still spend time together, the zoo announced in a statement that, “they’ve also been growing apart – each tiger needing more alone time.”
Next week Berani will be moving to another zoo through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan managed breeding program for Malayan tigers, and paired with a female tiger.
The weekend of Jan. 23-24 is your last chance to see Berani and Dumai together. They will make appearances in the zoo’s main tiger exhibit space on Saturday and Sunday while staff biologists will talk about the “tiger boys” history. The keeper talks are at 12:30 p.m. each day.
To celebrate the “tiger boys,” take a trip down memory lane with this video of their first meeting.