Tiger Kills Circus Trainer in Mexico

Audience watches in horror

tiger mauling circus death

Attempts to train tigers ignore their wild instincts and can lead to deaths.     Photo: Nekenasoa/Flickr

A Bengal tiger savaged his trainer during a performance in Northern Mexico on Saturday. Thirty-five-year-old American Alexander Crispin was circling two tigers when one of the animals lunged toward him and pulled him to the ground. The tiger bit Crispin's neck and he died while receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

Video footage of the attack was posted on YouTube and showed spectators fleeing the circus while two workers beat the tiger in an effort to free Crispin. It is unknown whether or not the tiger was killed during the struggle to save the trainer.

The stresses of life in captivity have led to other tiger attacks, the most famous being that of Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy in 2003. Roy was in critical condition for weeks, but eventually recovered.

Via The Daily Mail

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