Since it appears I’m having a conversation with myself here these days and no one is around to call me cruel or heartless, I’ll go one step further on this tiger nonsense. Now Roy’s buddy Siegfried is telling us that the tiger didn’t maul Roy, but that Roy fell down and the tiger was trying to (ahem) help him offstage.
“A tiger, when he grabs you, it’s the strength,” Fischbacher said. “He thinks it’s another tiger, and another tiger has [thick] skin like this, and the fur.”
This is all starting to come together now. A few notes from the previous article about Roy and his tigers:
- A modern day Dr. Doolittle who called the cats his children
- Horn has been on hand for many of their births.
- “The first voice they hear is mine, the first touch they feel is mine, the first human face they see is mine,” Horn said in an interview in late 2000. “They just think I’m a strange tiger who walks on two legs.”
Well, there you go. Convince a tiger that you’re a flamboyant, two-legged tiger and I guess he treats you like a tiger.
Note to tiger-men worldwide: don’t fall down in front of a tiger.