At the time of the incident, Roy’s magic partner Siegfried Fischbacher told Larry King in 2003, that a near critically-injured Roy was concerned about the tiger’s welfare, as he told officials in the ambulance not to let harm come to the animal.
Their longtime business manager Bernie Yuman expounded on Roy’s forgiving nature, saying, “And in the ambulance, he also said, Montecore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Montecore.
“Of course, he knew [no harm would come,] because he had many conversations with Siegfried and also with myself that nobody’s ever to harm any of his animals.”
The incident effectively ended the onstage career of the German showmen, as Roy retired from the longtime Sin City act he performed with Fischbacher for years.
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