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Tiger tamer continues rehab in Germany

Roy Horn was partially paralyzed after being attacked by a tiger
/ Source: The Associated Press

Illusionist Roy Horn has checked into a German rehabilitation facility, 18 months after a near-fatal tiger mauling during a performance left him partially paralyzed.

“Siegfried and I are thrilled to return to our home country and excited with the programs set forth by the great doctors and staff at the world-class Leonardis Clinic,” Horn said in a statement Friday. “The support we have received from our fans in Germany has been overwhelming and continues to inspire me daily.”

No details of the 60-year-old Horn’s condition or treatment were released. The rehabilitation facility is in Bad Hellibrun.

Horn, of the famed duo “Siegfried & Roy,” was attacked by a 380-pound tiger named Montecore during a live show Oct. 3, 2003, at The Mirage resort in Las Vegas. The 7-year-old tiger bit into the performer’s neck and dragged him off the stage.

The illusionist sustained four deep wounds and had a stroke. The tiger’s teeth damaged an artery that carries oxygen to the brain, and crushed Horn’s trachea.

Horn has said he fainted during the performance and the tiger was trying to help him. Animal experts have disputed that theory.

Doctors have said Horn was lucky to survive.