a followup story....
Composite Summary Update
Approximately 200 employees may have to be
laid off in the aftermath of the closing of
the "Siegfried and Roy" Show at the MGM
Mirage Hotel Casino. Roy Horn is recovering
from two surguries and a stroke he suffered
after the incident. Siegfried Fischbacher is
communicating to Horn through hand signals.
Casino Mogul Steve Wynn told the Associated Press
that Mr. Horn has a very good chance of surviving
the tiger mauling.
Casino Mogul Steve Wynn said the attack was triggered
when Montecore, the tiger, became fascinated and
distracted by a woman with a big hairdo in the front
row. Wynn recalled, "Montecore got down on all fours
and put his 26in head four inches away from the
woman. She thinks this is adorable and part of
the show and reaches out to try and rub him
under his chin ... As usual, the heroic fellow
that he is, Roy jumps between the woman and
the tiger." Wynn said when Horn pulled the
600lb tiger's leash to coax the tiger to get up that
the tiger then reached up and grabbed Roy's
right arm with his jaw between Roy's elbow
and wrist. Reportedly while Horn was rapping
on the tiger's nose with his microphone to
release him, Horn tripped over the tiger's paws
which was behind his legs - at that point Wynn said
Siegfried and the stagehands rushed out to hold
down the tiger. Siegfried Fischbacher believes
that when Horn fell that Montecore was attempting
help Horn by carrying Horn off the stage in
its jaws. Fischbacher said that Horn told him
after the attack not to harm the tiger.
Jonathan Kraft, who runs the Arizona based non-profit
group Keepers of the wild, said that Horn suffers from
a typical tiger attack used to kill its victim and that
the reason Horn did not die was because the tiger was
not given enough time to complete the kill. Louis Dorfman,
an animal behaviorist who works with the International
Exotic Feline Sanctary in Dallas Texas, believes
that the tiger was reacting to stress.
Composite update sources
Illusionist's tiger 'went for the kill'
The Scotsman. Oct 11 2003
Roy 'improving every day' after Tiger Attack.
Peter Henderson. Reuters. Friday October 10 2003
Animals experts question Siegfried's version of tiger attack
Adam Goldman. Associated Press (multiple AP version)
The San Diego Union Tribune October 9 2003
Siegfried and Roy no longer comic fodder after tiger attack
The Associated Press October 11 2003
Post by Drydem
White Tiger Montecore mauling at the Las Vegas
MGM Mirage Casino Hotel's "Sigfried and Roy" Live Animal Show
on Friday 8:15pm October 3 2002
On Friday night, 45 minutes into the 7:30 p.m.
live animal performance of the "Sigfried and Roy"
show at the Mirage Casino Hotel ( Las Vegas, Nevada )
a white tiger mauled illusionist Roy Horn. The 7
year old male white tiger, named Montecore, was making
its first appearance on the show. Montecore reportedly
grabbed the illusionist Roy Horn's arm and then
had lunged at him. Horn reportedly initially attempted
fend off/control the tiger by tapping the
tiger's nose with his microphone. However,
Montecore was not deterred and then went
for the left side of Horn's neck. Horn tried
unsuccessfully to wedge his microphone into the
tiger's mouth to force its jaws apart. When Horn
drop to the floor Montecore dragged Horn off
stage like a rag doll with Sigfried Fischbacher
and the other stage hands in hot pursuit. The
stunned audience waited in the dark until they
were told about 15 minutes later that the
show was cancelled and were given instructions
on getting a refund for the show. Clark County Fire
spokesman Bob Leinback reported they were
called to the hotel-casino about 8:20 and that
paramedic reported that a tiger had attacked
Roy Horn at the throat during the performance.
Roy had lost a great deal of blood from the incident
and has undergone several hours of intensive
surgery for his wounds at the University Medical
Center where he remains listed in critical
condition. The Siegfried and Roy animal act has
been a regular show for more than 30 years,
performaning six shows a week, 44 weeks per
year. Montecore is currently being quarantined
at the hotel and the show has been cancelled
sources for the composite summary above
Adam Goldman. Associated Press.
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Siegfried & Roy Theater
The Mirage Casino Hotel
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Mirage Casino Hotel