Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly the Carnivore Preservation Trust, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

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Carolina Tiger (then Carnivore Preservation Trust) rescued Pollo and his mother Barbarella from a breeder that was closing. The breeder had left Pollo with his mother for too long, and Barbarella arrived pregnant with Isabella Tiger- who suffered epilepsy throughout her life because of the inbreeding. Due to Pollo's OCD/un-tiger-like behaviors, it is likely that he was inbred as well, but he had a fantastic personality and a great sense of humor. Volunteers and staff remember Pollo as our best chuffler, and most notorious sprayer! Pollo especially liked to spray kid's tours, perhaps because he got the biggest reaction from them. He would then look over his shoulder and chuffle- you could almost hear his laughter. He had even perfected bi-directional spraying- the only tiger at Carolina Tiger to do it. He would sometimes "fake it", just to hear extra squeals!

In his last few weeks, Pollo had stopped greeting the visitors he so enjoyed, and clearly showed signs of discomfort. To spare him further pain, Carolina Tiger made the difficult decision to euthanize. His failing health was most likely caused by diabetes or kidney failure. Pollo is deeply missed by the Carolina Tiger family- his character was unforgettable.

Photo/s courtesy of Gary Magee, ©Carolina Tiger Rescue