Montecore, The Tiger

Montecore, a six year old full grown tiger, made a mistake that caused 267 people to lose their jobs. Montecore was a performing tiger with Seigfried and Roy, the famous magicians in Las Vegas. One evening in their performance, something went wrong. No one is sure whether the tiger directly attacked Roy or whether Montecore was trying to protect Roy after a fall. Montecore bit Roy on the neck and tried to carry him, the way a tiger would move a kitten. But Roy didn’t have the strong neck skin and fur of a tiger cub, so it didn’t work out right. Roy lost a lot of blood, and suffered a disabling stroke during hospitalization. The long-running show was canceled, resulting in the lost jobs and a loss of more than fifty million dollars per year in show revenues.


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