Roy Mauled, Tiger imprissoned

(Crossposted as a comment in . Just so you know.)
Comments after reading this : Roy of ‘Siegfried & Roy’ critical after mauling

Oh the one hand, that’s pretty rough, but on the other, well it was bound to happen eventually. Damn shame it had to happen on stage though.

This sounds weird, but I’ve worked with tigers. I used to do some volunteer work at Carnivore Preservation Trust (which is less than 5 miles from my house). No matter how tame, no matter how nice and well behaved, to a tiger, humans are food. Not an optimal food, but food none-the-less. They aren’t as likely to go after a human as a snow leopard is, but some will go after you even if they know they can’t get you (I experienced that first hand more than once – love you O’Reilly, mean it).

These guys have both been incredible trainers and very lucky with their animals up until now. I have nothing but admiration for them on that score. But sooner or later you’ll make a bad call, or misjudge an animal, and there you go.

It’s still a damn shame, and the worse part is if he dies, the tiger will die for S&R’s mistake.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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