Nitro arrived at
Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2009, with his enclosure-mate Apache. They
had been rescued from a junkyard in Kansas after a lion there
attacked a man. The three lions were relocated to the Detroit Zoo,
and the search began for a home for the owner's two tigers. Luckily,
Carolina Tiger Rescue could take them in.
Apache was very protective of Nitro, and would
walk with him around their enclosure and get between Nitro and any
tiger in a nearby enclosure that didn't seem friendly. As the
Carolina Tiger Keepers observed them, they began to notice that
Nitro didn't seem to focus very well and he would bump into trees
and the enclosure fence. They came to understand that Nitro was
One of the interns designed and made
modifications to Nitro's enclosure, making sand paths to let him
know he is close to the fence and scent-marking his water bowl.
After a few days of learning to navigate his space, he stopped
bumping into trees and gets around just fine. He is a friendly and
curious cat and will greet both voices he knows and new visitors.
Apache died in 2011 and Keepers were concerned that Nitro would take
the loss badly. He was quiet for some time, but his trusting nature
and sunny disposition quickly returned. Nitro lived until Spring
2013 - he was a very special tiger.
Nitro in Kansas.
Nitro relaxing on his sand path.
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