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Answer from fighter
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They were attacked on October 3, 2003.



Siegfried & Roy Incident Underscores the Dangers of Exotic Pets

October 6, 2003

Siegfried and Roy with Tiger
AP Photo
The white tiger named Montecore was born in captivity and raised by humans. The seven-year-old animal had been performing on stage since he was six months old. Yet neither his upbringing nor his apparent "tameness" could have altered what happened on Friday night, October 3, at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

Montecore, a 600-pound white tiger, acted on instinct, like a typical wild animal, and attacked his long-time handler, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, in a horrific incident that played out in front of a live audience. Horn, celebrating his 59th birthday that day, had just brought the leashed animal onstage and ordered the tiger to lie down. Montecore apparently refused and proceeded to wrap his powerful jaws around Horn's right arm.

The illusionist struck the animal in the head with a microphone, which apparently caused the tiger to lunge at Horn's neck. Montecore then carried Horn off the stage by the throat. Only after a quick-thinking carpenter hosed off the big cat with a fire extinguisher did the tiger let go. Horn, who had lost a lot of blood, was rushed to the hospital where he remained in critical condition on Thursday. He suffered a stroke after the attack, and has undergone two surgeries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspects and regulates animal-entertainment acts, has launched an investigation of the attack.

"We feel terribly for Roy and fervently hope that he recovers from these grave injuries," says Wayne Pacelle, a senior vice president for The HSUS, who met with Horn a few years ago during the opening of a Las Vegas humane society. "When the best-trained and most-experienced handlers of big cats can be attacked and dragged around like rag dolls, it is plainly obvious that untrained private citizens should not keep big cats as pets."

If only that were the case.

According to Richard Farinato, The HSUS's Director of Captive Wildlife Programs and the Wildlife Advocacy Division, the number of captive tigers living in the United States is roughly the equivalent of all the tigers living in the wild. Between 5,000 and 7,000 captive tigers are estimated to live in the U.S., where less than 10% of them are kept in professionally run zoos and sanctuaries. The rest live in woefully inadequate roadside menageries, circuses, traveling shows, big cat rescues, and backyards (where people keep them as pets).

In the past five years in the United States, nine people have been killed by privately held tigers. In Texas, home to perhaps half of the nation's backyard tigers, the big cats have been responsible for a series of attacks on youngsters over the past four years. A 10-year-old girl helping her stepfather groom the animal died after the tiger clamped her head in its jaws. A 4-year-old girl's arm was torn off, and a 3-year-old boy posing for a photograph inside the cage was fatally savaged by his grandfather's pet.

Anyone with access to the Internet can purchase these big cats. The animals can be bought, with pricetags ranging from $300 to $7,000, on the World Wide Web or from exotic animal auctions. The ease with which the tigers can be obtained belies the difficulties inherent in living with an animal who's genetically programmed to range more than 100 miles a day, swim rivers, and bring down prey twice their size. Nothing can prepare a regular citizen to deal with a tiger hard-wired to attack and kill.

"No big cat can be tamed or trained to be a safe, trustworthy actor or companion," notes The HSUS's Farinato. "No matter how long you've had the animal, or how well he's behaved in the past, every moment spent in direct contact with a lion or tiger brings with it the risk of injury or death for the human handler or owner.

"Tigers are hunters—predators armed with tools and instincts shaped by nature to be efficient and explosive killers," Farinato adds. "Birth in a cage, attended by loving humans, does not alter the animal's nature nor eliminate his capabilities; captive breeding does not wipe away the effect of millions of years of evolution and selection for success in the wild."

The first white tiger, like Montecore, came to the United States from India. The animal was shipped to the National Zoo in 1960. The tiger was bred, and her offspring distributed to other zoos. Siegfried and Roy later obtained their first white tigers from the Cincinnati Zoo. The white tiger is a chance mutation, a color phase of the species, and no more.

Now, however, they are billed as Royal White Tigers or Snow Tigers or other fanciful names. They have been transformed from essentially a freak of nature into an "endangered species." There are no endangered white tigers in the natural world clinging to a precarious existence. There are plenty in captivity, along with a few white lions, who have always been no more than a novelty or publicity draw for their owners.
http://www.hsus.org/wildlife/wildlife_news/siegfried_roy_incident_underscores_the_dangers_of_exotic_pets.html

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Pair claims that stroke caused tiger attack
In October 2003, the tiger sank its teeth into Horn's neck, dragging him offstage in front of a horrified audience. The illusionist, now 64, was partially paralyzed, suffering a damaged neck artery and crushed windpipe.

After 13 years and more than 5,000 performance, "Siegfried & Roy" show at The Mirage immediately went dark, ending one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas history.
Sources: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29455243/

 

Answer from denzacar

October 3, 2003, during a show at The Mirage. They have recently had their final performance with that same tiger.


October 3, 2003, during a show at The Mirage. They have recently had their final performance with that same tiger.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_and_Roy#Roy.27s_tiger_injury

Roy's tiger injury

On October 3, 2003, during a show at The Mirage, Roy Horn was bitten on the neck by a seven-year-old male tiger named Montecore. Crew members separated Horn from the tiger and rushed him to the only Level I trauma center in Nevada, University Medical Center. Horn was critically injured and sustained severe blood loss. While being taken to the hospital, Horn said, according to sources, "Don't shoot the cat!"[4]

Horn was in critical condition for several weeks thereafter, and was said to have suffered a stroke and partial paralysis. Doctors removed one-quarter of his skull to relieve the pressure of his swelling brain during an operation known as a decompressive craniectomy. The portion of skull was placed in a pouch in Horn's abdomen in the hope of replacing it later. Horn was eventually transferred to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California for long-term recovery and rehabilitation.

As of 2006, Horn was walking, assisted only by Fischbacher, and talking. To host Pat O'Brien on the television news program The Insider, he complained about his daily rehabilitation, "They are slave drivers over there. You'd think they are the KGB from Russia."[5]

It is disputed whether or not the tiger intentionally attacked Horn. Montecore had been trained by Horn since he was a cub; he had performed with the act for six years. Fischbacher, appearing on the Larry King interview program, said Horn fell during the act and Montecore was attempting to drag him to safety, as a mother tigress would pull one of her cubs by the neck. Fischbacher said Montecore had no way of knowing that Horn, unlike a tiger cub, did not have fur and thick skin covering his neck and that his neck was vulnerable to injury. Fischbacher said if Montecore had wanted to injure Horn, the tiger would have snapped his neck and shaken him back and forth.

Former Mirage owner Steve Wynn (who hired the duo in 1990) told Las Vegas television station KLAS-TV the events were substantiated as described by Fischbacher. According to Wynn, there was a woman with a "big hairdo" in the front row who, he says, "fascinated and distracted" Montecore. The woman reached out to attempt to pet the animal, and Roy jumped between the woman and the tiger.

According to Wynn, Horn said, "Release, release", attempting to persuade Montecore to let go of his arm, and eventually striking the tiger with his microphone. Horn tripped over the cat's paw and fell on his back; stagehands then rushed out and jumped on the cat. It was only then, said Wynn, that the confused tiger leaned over Roy and attempted to carry Horn off the stage to safety. Wynn said that although the tiger's teeth inflicted puncture wounds that caused Horn to lose blood, there was no damage to his neck. Stagehands then sprayed Roy and Montecore with a fire extinguisher to separate the two.
A white tiger in the Mirage habitat.

Montecore was put into quarantine for ten days in order to ensure he was not rabid, and was then returned to his habitat at The Mirage. While Horn has requested that Montecore not be harmed, the incident may augur the end of exotic animal shows in which there are no barriers between tigers and audience members. Some animal rights activists, many of whom oppose the use of wild animals in live entertainment, sought to use the incident as a springboard for publicity, though few have ever accused the Siegfried & Roy show of mistreating animals.

The injury to Roy Horn prompted The Mirage to close the show indefinitely and to lay off 267 cast and crew members with one week's severance pay. While Fischbacher has said "the show will go on", a hotel spokesman told the production staff that they "should explore other career opportunities".

According to the Las Vegas Advisor, The Mirage will suffer financially, not just from the loss of $50+ million in annual ticket sales, but from having to forgo untold millions in sales of food, beverages, hotel rooms and the casino's gambling winnings. An MGM Mirage spokesman said losing Siegfried & Roy is a bigger hit to the Mirage brand than to its finances, because the entertainers are "practically the faces" of the hotel, and finding a new hotel brand or identity will be difficult.

In February 2009, the duo staged a "final" appearance with Montecore as a benefit for The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. This performance was recorded for broadcast on ABC television's 20/20 program.[6] The 10-minute program featured one of Siegfried & Roy's signature illusions, in which Siegfried and Montecore (now 12 years old) magically switched places from within separate, locked transparent enclosures.



http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29455243/

Siegfried and Roy bow out with infamous tiger
Haunting final show featured limping illusionist dressed in skeletal mask

updated 3:53 p.m. ET March 1, 2009

LAS VEGAS - Illusionists Siegfried and Roy — and the Bengal tiger that ended their careers — shared the stage again Saturday night for a haunting final performance.

The brief charity show saw Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher side by side with Montecore, the massive white tiger that brutally mauled Horn during a 2003 performance.

Horn re-emerged Saturday dressed in black robes, his face covered with a skeletal mask. The dark stage was covered in smoke. Horn limped slowly onstage, often steadying himself on Fischbacher's shoulder.

The two slowly performed a signature illusion as Fischbacher, dressed in white robes and a mask, stood inside a cage, which was then cloaked in drapes. As Horn removed the curtain seconds later, Fischbacher appeared across stage, a hulking tiger in his place.

As the crowd took to its feet, the men removed their masks. Fischbacher standing between the tiger and Horn. They waved and blew kisses at the audience, but said nothing.

An announcer left the crowd with this final thought: "Within all of us there is an illusive melody, which when heard and followed will lead you to the fulfillment of your fondest dreams."

The performers' manager, Bernie Yuman, later confirmed the tiger was Montecore.

Pair claims that stroke caused tiger attack
In October 2003, the tiger sank its teeth into Horn's neck, dragging him offstage in front of a horrified audience. The illusionist, now 64, was partially paralyzed, suffering a damaged neck artery and crushed windpipe.

After 13 years and more than 5,000 performance, "Siegfried & Roy" show at The Mirage immediately went dark, ending one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas history.

The Saturday performance at the Bellagio hotel-casino was the highlight of a lavish benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The center, which will treat brain disorders like those Horn now suffers, is set to open later this year in a building designed by architect Frank Gehry.

Siegfried and Roy's performance will air Friday in a one-hour special on ABC's "20/20."

During Horn's long rehabilitation, both men remained devoted to their exotic habitat on the Las Vegas Strip. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage hotel-casino houses lions, tigers and leopards. Fischbacher, 69, has called it Horn's "reason to get up in the morning."

The pair have said they believe Montecore sensed Horn was having a mini-stroke and was dragging him to safety, rather than attacking him. Animal experts have disputed that theory.

After a two-year review, federal investigators never determined what set off the tiger.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture did find that the "Siegfried & Roy" show failed to protect the audience because it had no barrier separating the exotic animals from the crowd.

The illusionists' production company, S&R; Productions, received a letter of noncompliance but was not fined.


Read more at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_and_Roy
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_and_Roy#Roy.27s_tiger_injury

 

Answer from newuser41339709
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Montecore bit Roy Horn on October 3, 2003.


Note that Montecore didn't attack Siegfried and Roy; Roy was the only one harmed by the tiger, and to this day, Roy claims it was an accident. He says that he either fell over or tripped, and that Montecore was trying to carry him to safety in his mouth, as tigers do to their offspring. (See the casino owner's version here: http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=1475112&nav;=168XIQs2) Interesting side comment: The day Roy was attacked was his 59th birthday. Some present.
Sources: http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/10/30/roy.recovery/

 

Answer from newuser40234518
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The attack occured in October 2003


The attack occured in October 2003, but the tiger named Montecore did not attack both Siegfried and Roy, he only attacked Roy.
Siegfried and Roy believe Montecore felt that Roy was having a mini stroke and was trying to protect him, but there are many people who dispute that answer.
Sources: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/us_world/Siegfried-and-Roy-Share-Stage-With-Attack-Tiger-.html

 

Answer from jadepickett
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Roy was severely injured by Montecore on October 3, 2003.


Siegfried and Roy recently had a final performance after a 5 year hiatus(their last performance was the one in which Roy was mauled on October 3, 2003), to benefit a charity which is important to them .
Siegfried and Roy appeared in Las Vegas last night, for the benefit of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, due to open in Vegas this year. The charity act was Siegfried and Roy's first show since the attack on Roy Horn, and is expected to be their last ever.

For their final act, Roy Horn dressed up in a skeletal mask and black robes, though he often needed Siegfried's help to walk on the stage. With them was the tiger that ended it all for them, named Montecore.

In 2003, Montecore nearly mauled Horn during a performance, which partially paralyzed him as well. The attack put an end to Siegfried and Roy's career, which had lasted for over 30 years, going back to 1972.

Horn is also suffering from some brain damage, according to reports. He and Siegfried have publicly said that the tiger was trying to save Horn, claiming that he was having a stroke on stage.

For their reunion, Siegfried got into a cage and seemed to have disappeared, later to be replaced by Montecore. Without a word, the two accepted the thanks and applause of the crowd.

But Siegfried and Roy's farewell did not come with completely open arms. PETA, which frequently targeted Siegfried and Roy for using animals in their act, protested outside of the Bellagio Hotel. The group called for the abolition of animal magic acts, and for Siegfried and Roy's animals to be sent to sanctuaries now that they are retired.

Siegfried and Roy brought their share of criticism, their share of mockery, and share of jokes about their relationship, to go along with the wonder they inspired for the audiences over four decades.
Sources: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1522112/siegfried_and_roy_end_their_act_in.html