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Beloved tiger brothers set to depart from Virginia Zoo

Stubbley and Osceola are brother Malayan tigers who were born at the zoo in 2016.

NORFOLK, Va. — If you've visited the Virginia Zoo, chances are you've seen this dynamic duo of tiger brothers romping around. Now, it's time to say goodbye. 

Stubbley and Osceola are brother Malayan tigers who were born at the zoo in 2016. When their mother was unable to care for them after birth, staff stepped in and raised them by hand. 

For visitors, the babies were the center of attention through multiple initiatives, from public viewing of cub feedings to a “Cub Cam” and virtual series called #TigerTuesdays held at the Animal Wellness Campus. 

Credit: Virginia Zoo
The boys when they were babies.

Fast forward to now, and they aren't so little anymore. 

While they've had the opportunity to grow up around their father, 11-year-old tiger Christopher, it's time for them to move to new pastures. Literally. 

They received the recommendation from the Species Survival Plan to move to other Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited facilities. This will allow them to mate, and help increase the population of the species.

The tigers have played an important role as ambassadors for conservation, and they will continue to do so in the future. They're set to leave within the next month, so if you get the chance, stop by and say farewell. 

Credit: Virginia Zoo
The duo is now six years old!

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