a blog with cultural bulimia.

Monday, October 06, 2003

"Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
The Tyger by William Blake

"His obsession began innocently enough, with the puppies and broken-winged birds every little boy begs to bring home. Over the years, Antoine Yates's taste in animals grew ever more exotic, neighbors said, and his collection came to include reptiles, a monkey or two and, according to one neighbor, even a hyena."

"Downstairs neighbor Valerie Tompkins said she repeatedly complained to the Housing Authority about tiger urine leaking from upstairs."
NY Daily News

"The alligator, not so much. You know, it's urban folklore, but the tiger was definitely a surprise."

and, across the country, in an unrelated but related story...
"Roy Horn of the glitzy Las Vegas duo Siegfried & Roy has been communicating with doctors and friends, his manager told reporters Sunday, two days after he was mauled onstage by one of the tigers in his show."