October 04, 2003
NO! I don't Want To Jump Through That Damn Hoop Again!
Posted by Ellen at October 04, 2003 07:18 AM
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- A tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of the duo "Siegfried & Roy" at his throat during a Friday night performance at The Mirage hotel-casino, authorities said.
Cats are cats. Big cats are another thing. You just can't domesticate them no matter how hard you try. They are just wired differently. After a while, an animal has had enough, has had a bad day maybe because they could not lounge in the sun as long as they wanted and they snap.
Roy is lucky that all he got was a bite and not his head bitten off. *listed in critical condition*
What they don't tell you is what happened to the cat.
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News reports that the tiger is in quarantine. Hopefully Roy Horn will not have permanent brain damage, which is another thing no one is mentioning, from the tremendous loss of blood to his brain. Loss of blood = loss of oxygen to his brain = severe brain damage.
"As Horn was being led away by paramedics, he said: "Don't kill the cat," according to Amy Fink, a family friend who came by the hospital after the surgery." Quote from a story on yahoo news. Poor kitty, I hope someone listens.
"Big cats are another thing. You just can't domesticate them no matter how hard you try."
er, you know..we got cats and dogs from wild animals too :P it all has to start somewhere. though it'd help if they'd only choose the most docile kitten, raise it, then breed to another that started as a docile kitten. they did that with foxes once (although the coloration got weird, like stripes and such, and the tail became curly)..
While dogs and cats are descended from wild animals, they're not descended from or African dogs or tigers. For whatever reason, some wild stocks are easier to domesticate than others. Some are impossible. Water buffalo and hippopotamus are two of the more famous varieties of large mammal that simply defy efforts at domestication.
The point being that while some wild cats can be successfully tamed, even domesticated over time, others can't. Tigers are one of those others.