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Panthera tigris


Three of the remaining tiger species are critically endangered; the others are endangered. There are only 3200 individuals estimated to be alive in the wild in Asia ( In 2008, however, it was estimated that there are as many as 5000 tigers in the United States in captivity, including in people's yards (See Paper Tigers;


Born in 1999, this tiger is blind. Nitro came to the Carolina Tiger Rescue sanctuary in April 2009 from a junkyard in Kansas, which had to give up its exotic animals after a man was attacked by lions there. The owner there apparently did not know that Nitro was blind; his “mate” Apache looked out for him (Apache also came to CTR and sadly died last year). Nitro has been in different enclosures at the sanctuary and sand paths are always created to let him know where the fences are. His water dish is scented until he knows where it is. He has an extremely sweet nature, chuffling at visitors (a chuffle is a friendly greeting).


These photos were taken on different dates; the second and third are from my most recent visit with him, when he left his water tub to come get a meat treat.

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LeafWolf 10 years ago

I saw this on the news! Poor guy..

nexttogone 11 years ago

Awesome series! Love the read too!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Thanks, Captain Nature, Christiane, Smith'sZoo and jimmy76. I hope everyone speaks up against keeping the large cats as pets in all countries.

jimmy76 11 years ago

Nice picture

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

terribly sad! but he is safe.... and that is comforting! thanks for sharing Maria!

Christiane 11 years ago

Cute.. I love tigers..

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 11 years ago

So cute! I like the last photo best

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

It is sad, Patty, and appalling that the guy was keeping exotic animals in a junkyard in horrible conditions and that private ownership is allowed in US states. For Nitro, life is now good and despite his disability, he is a content tiger and will have a good life for the rest of his days.

patty 11 years ago

Oh! That is very sad, it is nice to hear that you are trying to help it to live as well as possible at the wildlife rescue.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Beautiful series. I love the second photo.

Maria dB
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Maria dB

Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012

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