Pi Patel is the main protagonist of the book and film Life of Pi. He is the son of a zookeeper in India, and practices Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam simultaneously. While on route to Canada with his family on a freighter, the boat capsizes and Pi is the only survivor, sharing a lifeboat with several zoo animals. One by one, the Bengal tiger dispaches each of them until he and Pi are the only ones on the boat. Pi manages to survive for months with the tiger, who he names Richard Parker, by gradually training the tiger to fear him and depend on him for food. At one point, Pi comes across a lush island, but discovers that it is in fact a giant carnivorous plant floating through the sea. Once he reaches land, he and Richard Parker part ways.