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johnr733
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Actually I think they will terminate the tiger in the end, unfortunate as that is. Roy was a superstar in our art, and I wish him a speedy recovery.
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From the AP wire, author is Adam Goldman:

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Horn told the tiger to lie down. When it refused, Horn tapped the cat on the nose with a microphone to get its attention. The animal grabbed at Horn's arm, causing the entertainer to stumble.

The tiger then lunged at Horn, who tried to beat the animal away with the microphone. Audience members said the tiger dragged Horn off the stage by the neck. The attack barely missed severing Horn's carotid artery.

See? I guess he took for granted that this was a wild animal. Bop me in the nose with your mic I might attack too. I feel bad for him being attacked but it seems to make sense if he really bonked his nose.
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I am deeply saddened by this event. I wish Mr. Horn a speedy and full recovery. Now is not the time to second guess his handling of the animal in this situation. He has more experience with these types of animals than anyone on this forum ever will.

Nor is this the time or place to debate the ethics of using wild animals in this capacity. It is a very complex subject, and again one I am sure that Siegfried and Roy know more about than any of us. My thoughts and prayers are with him, and all of the Sarmoti family.
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Whoa, I read in the paper about this tragedy and was very shocked. They have worked with tigers for many years and tigers are like pets to them. Wonder why all of a sudden the tiger attacked Roy? Weird.
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According to latest Las Vegas news, here's the updates:
  • Roy is paralyzed on one side for now. In order to help his brain better repair itself, they've had to induced a comatose state. It's the best thing they can do for him right now. He's on a ventilator.
  • The MGM will be announcing their plans concerning the show tomorrow morning. They are expected to announce that they'll help find new jobs for the cast, give them recommendations, and so on.
  • The tiger just missed biting the carotid artery, the main artery that takes blood to the brain.
Our best wishes go with you, Roy.
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Sad, sad news...I hope he recovers completely.

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My prayers are also with him. Come on Roy, you will be soon with us again.

All the best magic,

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Very sad indeed but those are the risks working with any wild animal. Hopefully he recovers quickly, everyone will be pulling for him. Smile
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From SiegfriedandRoy.com:

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All of us in the Siegfried & Roy family are deeply saddened by Roy's injury at last Friday's performance. Roy remains in stable but critical condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

For more than four decades, I have had the great privilege of standing at the side of this remarkable man, and I will continue to do so during this very challenging time. We are grateful and overwhelmed with the tremendous support we have received from around the world, and ask for your continued prayers and reflections.

(Signed) Siegfried
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I don't know the English words to express my feeling, so let me write it in Japanese:

Roy-san no jikowo kiite, iishirenu kyougakuwo kanjimashita. Itsumo anatano stagewa hanayakadeshita. Ano satagega mata mirareruyou inotte imasu.

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From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

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The official status of superstar magician Roy Horn never changed from "critical but stable" Saturday, one day after he was badly mauled by a white tiger during a performance at The Mirage.

But among his circle of friends and colleagues, the cautious optimism that first emerged late Friday night took a downward turn over the course of the day.

Horn's initial surgery at University Medical Center Trauma Center ended about 11:30 p.m. Friday. A hospital source said Horn had to be resuscitated during that surgery.

Horn, who turned 59 Friday, was moved to another part of the hospital about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

A hospital source said Horn subsequently suffered a stroke and was returned to surgery about 9:30 a.m. to relieve severe pressure on his brain.

MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman declined to discuss specifics of Horn's condition or treatment. "Updates on an hour-by-hour basis are not going to lead to clarity," he said.
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Could this be the END of Siegfried and Roy. Smile Smile
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I hear he is doing better, wiggling toes and fingers.
Get better soon Roy...

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On 2003-10-06 10:54, Mistro wrote:
Could this be the END of Siegfried and Roy. Smile Smile

Unfortunately, the only answer we have right now is the less-than-satisfying, "Wait and see."
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To share my thoughts on the fate of the tiger, the chances of them "putting it down" are slim to none. You can't kill a tiger for being a tiger. Roy does not want this either. I just saw on the news, that the first thing Roy said before fainting, "He's a good cat. Please don't kill the cat."

The worst thing I believe will happen is that the tiger is moved elsewhere, perhaps to a zoo.

At this early time, it is probably dumb to speculate what will happen. Time will tell all.

As for the fate of "Siegfried and Roy," I heard that they have cancelled the show for good, and "let go" of all of the employees this weekend. I would love to be wrong about this, but this is what I heard on the news. Smile
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Well, that's not quite what they said. They said they were cancelling the show "indefinitely" and advising the employees to seek other work. If S&R ever perform again, it will be many, many months before they do so—people will need to find other ways to support themselves.
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On 2003-10-04 16:09, KingStardog wrote:
I don't think much of using animals this way. It's wrong and using a great creature to further your career.

I agree with you, BUT, and a big but at that, Siegfried and Roy have done more to preserve these animals than many international organizations combined. A huge amount of their money has gone into breeding programs that will keep these animals with us for generations longer than they can survive on their own. Give 'em a break man.

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Barry,

Perhaps the news station I was listening to was incorrect. They informed that the show was closing for good and that all of the employees were "let go" over the weekend.

I have also heard others say "indefinitely." I was just reporting what I heard. Let's hope the station I was listening to was wrong. Smile
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It is often said "after falling from a horse (bike) whatever, the best advice is to get straight back on." My advice in this case would be to "learn your lesson well." Once a tiger always a tiger. My thoughts are with all concerned.

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I also heard that Roy had a stroke after the attack.
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