Sat 13 Mar, 2004 10:30 am
Mauled magician says tiger was trying to save him
The magician left fighting for his life after being dragged off by a tiger during his stage show in Las Vegas, has said the animal was trying to take him to safety.
Roy Horn, one part of the famous Siegfried and Roy duo, was mauled by the tiger in front of a full house at The Mirage hotel-casino.
He has only now recovered the use of his voice and been able to explain the incident.
The 59-year-old said he remembered blacking out and falling towards the tiger during the show in Las Vegas on October 3 - his 59th birthday.
Eyewitnesses said Horn fell and the 270-kilo Bengal tiger respond by clamping its jaws around his neck and dragging him off stage.
Horn believes the tiger, called Montecore, sensed he was in distress and, as a cat would carry its kitten in its mouth by the nape of the neck, was trying to get him out of what it thought was danger.
This man obviously loves his tigers. Usually it is a battered woman who comforts herself with doting rationalizations.
Hmm. That's a...thoughtful way of him to put it. I remember when that happened, I was in Vegas too! I'm famous. :wink:
I've never worked with tigers, and my experience with big cats was too minor to claim any knowledge of their behavior. In short, I am no expert on tigers as some other people here imply they are. I have worked with snakes much of my life and also find that most people know more about snakes than I do.
I don't know. I think he could be right. Might not. I'll wait to hear from various experts before jumping to one conclusion or the other.