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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 11 04:36 AM

April 11, 2009: Leapin' Lion

Quote:
I want to ride the tiger
I want to ride the tiger
It will be black and white in the dead of night
Eyes flashing in the clear moonlight
I want to ride the tiger.
Ahem... remember Siegfried & Roy?

Oh, um... well make that a Lion.





There, much more gooder, but I must confess it's not me.
It's Askold Zapashny of Zapashny Brothers Circus, in Russia.

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Kolbenfresser  Saturday Apr 11 06:27 AM

Scar or mic?

Crazy Russians. Is that a microphone or a scar on his face? Weird anyway.
Oh, nevermind - it's the fence...



Shawnee123  Saturday Apr 11 07:58 AM

the fence. I had to look twice.



Clodfobble  Saturday Apr 11 11:59 AM

That's clearly cut-rate armor. It won't protect him for a minute when the time comes.



TheMercenary  Saturday Apr 11 01:42 PM

Not to mention the head and neck will be the first place he takes his bite.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 11 02:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
That's clearly cut-rate armor. It won't protect him for a minute when the time comes.
I think the armor is because...
Quote:
...rides a lion during the premiere of the circus's show Camelot...



Gravdigr  Saturday Apr 11 06:07 PM

Me. Yow.



darkwing duck  Saturday Apr 11 10:37 PM

The trick isn't riding the lion. The trick is safely getting OFF of the lion.



lumberjim  Saturday Apr 11 10:40 PM

ASLAN!



morethanpretty  Saturday Apr 11 10:49 PM

Just want to say, fan of Seigfried and Roy. Especially Roy and his ability to train. Blah blah blah one of his cats attacked him. Not according to Roy. He believes he'd already had his first stroke when the cat grabbed him, and in fact that the cat had picked up on this and therefore grabbed him and dragged him off stage to protect him. How is a cat supposed to know what else to do? Anyway medically this version can't be authenticated or disproved since Roy had multiple strokes, and the doctors could not determine the time of the first stroke. As we should all know that although Seigfried and Roy have had their last performance, Roy has made a marvelous recovery, well beyond what were the best predictions. He still loves his animals, although spends less time with his big cats.
I watched the documentary a month or two ago, can you tell?
Anyway, this guy looks like a douche.



Elspode  Saturday Apr 11 11:17 PM

Are we pretty sure that isn't a shark?



morethanpretty  Sunday Apr 12 12:13 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
Are we pretty sure that isn't a shark?
Dolphin. Definately.


hipshot  Sunday Apr 12 12:47 AM

You can tell the Lion droppings because they have little shards of cheap armor in them...



JuancoRocks  Sunday Apr 12 01:13 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by hipshot View Post
You can tell the Lion droppings because they have little shards of cheap armor in them...



Sundae  Sunday Apr 12 04:25 AM

The middle picture is a gem, Bruce. Extraordinary.

The concept of caging big cats and making them perform tricks totally against their nature is anathema to me though. It brings me over all PETA. And I don't mean naked,



DanaC  Sunday Apr 12 08:20 AM

Me too Sundae. I feel a little queasy when I look at those pictures. I mean...it's a beautiful image, very powerful, but wrong. Just very wrong.

The jungle king, ridden for our amusement.



Pico and ME  Sunday Apr 12 08:31 AM

Its a gorgeous cat, just gorgeous, but it is a sad picture just the same.



dstrope  Sunday Apr 12 12:03 PM

leaping lion

Crazy Russian, tricks are for kids



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Apr 12 12:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
The middle picture is a gem, Bruce. Extraordinary.

The concept of caging big cats and making them perform tricks totally against their nature is anathema to me though. It brings me over all PETA. And I don't mean naked,
Quote:
Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
Me too Sundae. I feel a little queasy when I look at those pictures. I mean...it's a beautiful image, very powerful, but wrong. Just very wrong.

The jungle king, ridden for our amusement.
I see your point, but looking a TV shows about lions and how they live, I rarely see one as healthy as this cat. It makes me wonder if this guy isn't better off than his brethren in Africa.
Granted he's not living a "normal" life, but neither is Prince Charles, and many would trade places with him, given their druthers.


Sundae  Sunday Apr 12 04:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
I see your point, but looking a TV shows about lions and how they live, I rarely see one as healthy as this cat. It makes me wonder if this guy isn't better off than his brethren in Africa.
He does look healthy, and if he were in a breeding programme, or a safari park I'd agree with you. Sometimes nature is a cold hearted bitch with blood on her teeth. But it still bothers me to see a wild animal used in this way, for a rather tawdry form of entertainment. Just not to my taste.

PS - are you saying that many men out there want a go on Camilla? Lucky girl...


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Apr 12 08:22 PM

No, his options not choices.



Aliantha  Sunday Apr 12 08:38 PM

The thing is though, if these types of animals weren't exploited this way, community awareness would be much lower, and therefor lead to less public interest which of course then leads to less public dollars.



Gravdigr  Monday Apr 13 03:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
It brings me over all PETA. And I don't mean naked,
My peta was naked the other night...:p


spudcon  Monday Apr 13 06:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
My peta was naked the other night...:p
What a coincidence!


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