Let them go III:
Tiger attacks Roy onstage
Illusionist listed in critical condition after bite to neck
By J.M. KALIL and DAVE BERNS
A white tiger mauled superstar illusionist Roy Horn during a Friday night performance of Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage, severely injuring the Strip performer.
Horn, who turned 59 on Friday, got out of surgery shortly after 11:30 p.m. He was in critical condition at University Medical Center after suffering severe blood loss from a bite wound to the left side of his neck.
“The full extent of his injuries will not be known for two or three days,” MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman said late Friday outside the hospital.
Horn had just brought the tiger onstage during the 7:30 p.m. performance and told audience members it was making its first appearance in the show.
Audience members said the tiger, a 7-year-old named Montecore who actually has performed in the show for years, refused a command to lie down and then clamped its jaws on Horn’s right arm.
The magician repeatedly struck the animal in the head with a microphone, the sound reverberating throughout the auditorium.
The tiger then lunged at Horn, clamped its jaws around his neck and pulled him out of the audience’s view, horrified tourists said after filing out of the show.
Roy is on right. Tiger looks fed up (no pun intended).
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