We have a new pet in the house! No we haven’t finally taken the plunge and adopted our own dog- we have a pet tiger, FurReal Roarin’ Tyler the Playful Tiger. We love tigers. I’d love to see them on a safari one day but for now we have our very own cuddly wild cat in our home (with no cruelty or danger involved!).
FurReal launched Tyler the Tiger on July 29th to celebrate International Tiger Day, a day that aims to promote awareness about tiger conservation and doing our part as human beings to protect their natural environments. Alarmingly, tigers are the world’s largest of the large cats and ninety-seven percent of tigers have vanished over the last hundred years, leaving only about three thousand or so wild tigers. It’s about time to take action and preserve our tigers.
Our Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger was sent to us by John Lewis to review. It is currently on sale for £99. He arrived in a large, bright, pet friendly (there are air holes) box, making this a gift that any child would be delighted to receive this Christmas. It was easy to open with minimum packaging. Tyler does require 4 “C” batteries which are not included. Tyler was very quick and easy to set up. Once the batteries were inserted (a screwdriver is required) we turned him on and he was good to go. An instruction booklet and a squeaky toy chick are included too.
I decided to surprise the kids with Tyler the Tiger.
They loved their tiger Surprise and couldn’t wait to play.
Tyler loves his toy chick. He reacts when he sees it and when he hears it squeak. He picks up his toy and plays with it. The kids laugh when they say “Drop” and he drops his toy (we have no idea if this shows understanding of the command or is just a coincidence but there is no doubt that Tyler is a clever tiger!).
He loves being petted on his head…
… under his chin…
…and on his back.
Roar at Tyler and he will roar back (he’s a playful cub rather than a fully grown tiger so his roar is very cute rather than threatening!).
Altogether Tyler the Tiger has over 100 sound and motion combinations. He’s incredibly intuitive to play with. We found ourselves just naturally chatting, petting, cuddling and playing with him as he reacted appropriately. He moves his head, opens and closes his eyes, moves and makes noises realistically.
He has poseable back legs to make for comfortable cuddles. When cuddled he often falls asleep, closes his eyes and makes the cutest dreaming noises. If he goes into a deep sleep (after a period of inactivity) press his back button to wake him up again). We let him sleep at night though as all tiger cubs need a good night’s rest!
Watch our video to see Roarin’ Tyler the Playfyl Tiger in action:
This FurReal Roarin’ Tyler the Playful Tiger isn’t cheap at £134.99 making him a “big” Christmas present rather than a pocket money spend but he will definitely become an entertaining, loved member of the family. It will encourage a love of tigers in your little ones and is a great chance to educate them on wild tigers and also to encourage them to support endangered tigers now and in the future.
We received Roarin’ Tyler the Playful Tiger from John Lewis for purposes of review. All views and opinions are honest and our own.