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Roy Horn makes rare public appearance

Injured tiger trainer gives thumbs-up from wheelchair
/ Source: The Associated Press

Roy Horn made a rare public appearance on the Las Vegas Strip, signaling thumbs-up from his wheelchair at a Cuban revue he and partner Siegfried Fischbacher are co-producing.

“He stayed for the whole show and loved it,” Dave Kirvin, a spokesman for Siegfried & Roy said Wednesday, adding that Horn met with “Havana Night Club” cast members after the Tuesday night performance.

Horn returned to Las Vegas last weekend from Denver, where he spent two weeks at Craig Hospital, a rehabilitation center for stroke and trauma victims.

The 59-year-old entertainer suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed after a near-fatal mauling by a trained white tiger during a live performance Oct. 3 at The Mirage hotel-casino. The attack forced an end to the long-running Siegfried & Roy show.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been trying to obtain a video that Feld Entertainment, the company that produced the Siegfried & Roy act, shot the night of the fateful show. The company has refused to release it.

Siegfried & Roy are also involved in an animated television show, “Father of the Pride,” that debuts next week on NBC.