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'Siegfried & Roy' May Continue, but as a Different Act
Tiger That Nearly Killed Roy Meant No Harm, Says Siegfried
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 9) - ''Siegfried & Roy'' at The Mirage is over for good, but the famous duo will continue as a team if Roy Horn recovers from a tiger attack, their manager said.
''I would say that there will be a Siegfried and Roy as long as Roy survives,'' Bernie Yuman said Wednesday night on CNN's ''Larry King Live.''
''You know, whether Roy performs or not again, I don't know if any one of us are prepared to say,'' he said.
Yuman appeared alongside Siegfried Fischbacher, who insisted the show would return, though with a new approach.
''Siegfried and Roy is still Siegfried and Roy,'' Fischbacher said. He said the duo would ''take a different path, I'm sure, but ... the show is our life.''
''Siegfried & Roy'' debuted in 1990 at The Mirage and earned the hotel-casino about $44 million in annual revenue. The show's 267 employees have been let go.
Fischbacher and Yuman also discussed an animated television series, ''Father of the Pride,'' that will air on NBC next September.
''It's from the point of view of the Siegfried and Roy animal family,'' Yuman said.
Wednesday was the first time that Fischbacher had talked to the American media since Horn, 59, was attacked Friday before a sellout performance of 1,500. He gave an interview to the German daily Bild that was published Tuesday.
Fischbacher, 64, said Horn still can't talk but is communicating through hand signals - one gesture for ''yes,'' two for ''no.''
''So we talk. ... and also with eye contact,'' he said. ''When you are that long together ... he understood exactly what I was saying. I could see it in his face.''
Horn remained in critical condition Wednesday at University Medical Center but has shown signs of improvement. Doctors said he moved his hands and feet during the weekend.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Fischbacher confirmed that Horn suffered a stroke after the attack but did not discuss Horn's injuries or whether Horn is expected to recover fully.
''We take it hour by hour, day by day,'' Fischbacher said.
Fischbacher spoke inside the ''Jungle Palace,'' one of his Las Vegas homes that's dotted with exotic animal statues and filled with magic books.
No exotic animals were visible, just some house cats, a black palm Cockatoo and a 10-year-old French bulldog named Piaf.
A sometimes tearful Fischbacher described the attack as a ''terrible accident'' that lasted only seconds.
''It was so fast even the audience didn't realize what was going on,'' Fischbacher said.
Fischbacher said he was standing backstage when Horn was attacked by a Royal White tiger named Montecore. The illusionist tripped and the tiger lunged, grabbing Horn's arm. After Horn tried to free himself by hitting the tiger on the head with a microphone, the 600-pound animal bit his neck and then dragged him offstage.
Show workers set off fire extinguishers backstage to distract the tiger, which then scurried to his cage.
Fischbacher said the tiger didn't intend to kill Horn. If that was the case, he said, ''I wouldn't be here, Roy wouldn't be here.''
According to Fischbacher, Horn muttered only a few words after the attack: ''Don't harm the cat.''
The cat remains quarantined at the casino. The federal Agriculture Department is investigating.
10-09-03 0537EDT

Do you think this cat can ever be trusted again? :smokin:
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Mike S.

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Nope. Then, I would not have trusted it to begin with. Maybe I am just chicken, but that is a huge animal, and I question if the "wild" can ever be completely removed. I saw an act not long ago with a huge grizzly bear and a guy who raised him -- he sits with the bear, has him do tricks, etc. But not me. Remember "Born Free"? If I remember correctly, the lady who wrote it and worked with the lions was later killed by one of them, but it was kinda hushed-up in the media.

Randy Stewart

The interview I heard this morning said that after Roy tapped the cat on the head he fell. The cats action was more of a protection act, like it would a cub, it picked him up by the neck and was carrying him to safety. I'm sure the cat wasn't available for comment though. :rolleyes:


Are you making a funny?

Randy Stewart said:
The interview I heard this morning said that after Roy tapped the cat on the head he fell. The cats action was more of a protection act, like it would a cub, it picked him up by the neck and was carrying him to safety. I'm sure the cat wasn't available for comment though.
This aticle says that it grabbed him by the arm when he tripped. Are you suggesting that it may be like a kitten playing with a ball of yarn? ;) Then he hit it over the head with a microphone. Now you have 600 LB Kitty with a headache. If you were able to, what would you do if somebody hit you over the head with a microphone. Sing? Where was Siegfried? Taking a break? What ever happened to you watch my back and it will scratch yours? :vfunny:
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Jimmy Olson

From what I've heard Siegfried was backstage at the time preparing something.

Here's another one to keep with the Hazardous Occupation category:

Alaska Bear Mauling Recorded on Tape
Wed Oct 8,11:55 PM ET

By RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press Writer ANCHORAGE, Alaska - [size=-1]The graphic sounds of a deadly bear attack in the Alaska wilderness were captured on tape, revealing a wildlife author's final, frantic screams as he tried to fend off the beast, authorities said Wednesday. [/size]

Trooper Chris Hill said the tape suggests a video camera was turned on just before Timothy Treadwell was attacked at his campsite. His girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, was later mauled to death by a bear. The recording is audio only, and the screen is blank for all six minutes.

"They're both screaming, she's telling him to play dead, then it changes to fighting back. He asks her to hit the bear," Hill said. "There's so much noise going on. I don't know what's him and what might be an animal.

"It's pretty disturbing. I keep hearing it in my mind."

The remains of Treadwell, 46, and Huguenard, 37, both of Malibu, Calif., were found Monday at Katmai National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula. Treadwell was known for approaching, even touching, bears in the wild.

An air taxi pilot who arrived to pick up the couple contacted the National Park Service and troopers to report a brown bear was apparently sitting on top of human remains in the camp.

A ranger shot and killed a large brown bear when the animal charged at them through the dense brush. Troopers and rangers later killed a smaller bear apparently stalking them.

Hill said he was stunned by what he heard on the tape.

"The audio starts while he's being mauled and ends while he's being mauled," Hill said.

Treadwell may have heard a bear and asked Huguenard to turn on the camera, which was found with the lens cap on and packed in a camera bag, Hill said.

"At first, she sounds kind of surprised and asks if it's still out there. I'm not sure if she was asking if a bear was outside their tent or in the brush," Hill said. "The audio stops because the tape runs out. Otherwise, it probably would have captured the whole thing."

Hill said he will attempt to transcribe the tape. But there are no plans to make the recording or transcripts public, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

Troopers recovered video and still photography equipment as well as three hours of earlier video footage from the site, across Shelikof Strait from Kodiak Island.

Much of the footage is close-up shots of bears. Some scenes show bears no more than a few feet from Treadwell, co-author of "Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska." Others show a more timid Huguenard leaning away as bears come close to her on the bank of a river.

Rebecca Dmytryk, who oversees an animal rescue organization in Malibu, recalled other video footage of Treadwell before his death that showed him in a streambed near an older bear he nicknamed "Quincy."

"Quincy, do you remember when you stood over me? You were so hungry, and you should have eaten me, but you didn't. Thanks for not eating me, Quincy," Dmytryk recalled him saying to the bear in the clip. "If Quincy had eaten me, good, 'cause he's a nice bear."

Treadwell's family was in shock over the death.

"I was dumbfounded, ready to fall through the floor," said his father, Valentin Dexter, who lives in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Greg B

Did any of you see that guy (a professor of Marine Biology) trying to prove his theory that sharks won't attack you if you stay still, or something along those lines? They were standing in the water pouring blood and offal around them and the camera man had the camera under the water when a Bull Shark latched onto this guys leg. :bonk:

Why do people try to place Human traits on ANIMALS?

One of my Brahman Bulls charged me the other day (I jumped the nearest fence) and he has known me for a few years. I wonder how long that guy knew the bear for? :eek:

Greg B

Mike S.

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"Treadwell was known for approaching, even touching, bears in the wild."

Sad that he got killed, but this was a very dumb thing to do. These were not even the "tame" bears raised by humans from birth, they were totally wild. Mr. Ursus Horribilis didn't get that genus-species name from being a sweetheart all the time.


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A Combustible Combination: Exotic Cats in Private Hands

Published: October 7, 2003

Yann Martel's 2001 novel "Life of Pi," an Indian teenager survives a shipwreck to find himself sharing a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal tiger. He quickly realizes that he must tame the tiger or be killed by it. And slowly, boy and tiger carve out a peaceful nautical existence.
In real life, wildlife experts said yesterday, close relationships between humans and big cats often end less happily, as they did twice last week, on a Las Vegas stage and in a New York City apartment.
In Las Vegas, Roy Horn, of the illusionist team Siegfried & Roy, was mauled by a 600-pound white tiger in a show at the Mirage hotel and casino on Friday night.
On Saturday, officials in New York removed a large tiger from an apartment in Harlem. The authorities were alerted to the animal's presence after its owner, Antoine Yates, went to a hospital with animal bites that he told doctors had been inflicted by a pit bull.
Given the large number of tigers and other wild cats that are privately owned in the United States, the experts said, such attacks are inevitable, and it is surprising only that they do not occur more frequently.
"This is the tip of the iceberg," said Jim Breheny, associate general curator for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. "There are thousands of cases like this that don't get this notoriety."
At least as many tigers are privately owned in this country as exist in the wild, the experts said.
Only about 5,000 tigers, representing five subspecies, all endangered, still roam freely in India, Myanmar, Malaysia, China, Russia and other countries. By contrast, said Dr. John Seidensticker, a senior scientist at the National Zoo in Washington, more than 5,000 tigers and perhaps as many as 10,000 belong to private individuals or groups.
Many are bought as cubs through dealers who sell over the Internet or through magazine advertisements. Tiger cubs can be bought for as little as $350, said Tom Dillon of the World Wildlife Fund. Some are owned by circuses or other entertainment ventures. About 1,100 are raised in monitored breeding programs at zoos.
No federal law prohibits private citizens from owning tigers or other exotic cats, according to the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the Department of Agriculture. State and local laws governing ownership of wild animals vary.
To exhibit animals publicly, however, an owner must apply for a license from the Agriculture Department. The agency requires that the owner provide a veterinary care program, and it sets standards for nutrition, housing, sanitation and transportation.
People who adopt wild cats may not fully realize that the cute cub that bottle-feeds in their arms will grow into a creature that can crush the vertebrae of a wild pig with a single bite. "What they evolved for is killing things," Dr. Seidensticker said.
When wild cats do lash out, they often end up like Mr. Yates's tiger, which after being removed from the apartment was sent to a wildlife sanctuary in Ohio.
Once angered or aroused, tigers attack with lethal force, experts said.
"You don't have a second chance with a tiger," Mr. Breheny said. "They don't go for the arm or the leg, they go for the throat or the head."
Attacks by tigers are more common than most people realize, said Philip J. Nyhus, an assistant professor of environmental studies at Franklin and Marshall College.
In a study to be published in the December issue of the journal Zoobiology, Professor Nyhus found that seven people had been killed by tigers in the United States from 1998 to 2001, and 27 had been injured severely enough to require hospitalization. In comparison, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 to 25 people are killed by dogs each year.
Even seasoned professionals like Mr. Horn, who was attacked onstage and is still in critical condition in a Las Vegas hospital, must always stay alert and cautious.
Louis Dorfman, animal behaviorist for the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary in Dallas, said he knew his big cats well enough to feel comfortable petting them and even sleeping with them.
The sanctuary, which has been operating for 16 years, houses 68 wild cats, 21 of them tigers, on 36 acres.
Mr. Dorfman said 40 years of experience with wild animals had taught him to approach tigers with respect and to read their signals. In his seven years at the sanctuary, he added, he has had daily contact with a variety of exotic cats, and has been scratched only twice, both minor injuries.
Yet, Mr. Dorfman said, he knows he is courting danger.
"There's an element of risk, and I'm assuming that risk," he said, "but it's like a test pilot. You're never safe."

Mike S.

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In his younger days didn't George Foreman have "pet" tigers? I wonder what happened to them? Maybe once he had kids the tigers went bye-bye. Even Big George is no match for one of those guys if they wanna get nasty.


For sure

Mike S. said:
In his younger days didn't George Foreman have "pet" tigers? I wonder what happened to them? Maybe once he had kids the tigers went bye-bye. Even Big George is no match for one of those guys if they wanna get nasty.
Maybe they ended up on the George Foreman Fat Free Grill? :vfunny:
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