The USDA confiscated Apollo, another tiger and a lion from a local entertainment facility and brought them to In-Sync Exotics where they would find a safe, nurturing haven. All three cats were neglected and emaciated.
Of the three, Apollo was in the worst condition.
He was roughly 200 lbs underweight and completely bald from the neck down. He also had open sores covering most of his body. Test revealed his poor skin condition was the result of poor nutrition and unsanitary living conditions. When he arrived he was stressed, agitated and so terrified that he scrunched himself up into a corner until he discovered the den, where he holed himself up for three days. He wouldn’t eat for two days, and once he started eating, he only did so when no one was around. With lots of love and patience we have slowly gained Apollo’s trust.
He has a couple of special friends and loves playing in his tub while it’s being cleaned. Instead of snarling and baring his teeth all of the time, Apollo will now offer his cheek and greet his caregivers with chuffs. He’s afraid to leave his cage to go out on the playground, but with some behavior modification we’ve been able to convince him that short visit in the playground is not so bad. We hope that when Apollo’s permanent enclosure is complete he will feel more comfortable about going out to play. Apollo has made remarkable progress since he’s been here. He loves dinner time and eats very well. He’s now at a healthy weight and has a full body of beautiful fur.