- Girl Scouts: The Silent Killers
- Study Suggests Stonehenge Was Prehistoric McDonald's
- Wolfgang Van Halen Sick Of Being Hit On By 45-Yr-Olds
Couple Finds Siegfried & Roy's Tiger In Used Cabinet
LAS VEGAS (CAP) - The used cabinet that Vickie Mendelssohn of Paradise, Nev., bought for $27 came with a furry surprise - Vegas legends Siegfried & Roy's white tiger Montecore, who'd been hidden inside it for more than two weeks.
Mendelssohn, who bought the cabinet at Karl's Cabinet Clatch in nearby Spring Valley, said she and her husband, Chris, had been hearing a faint purring, occasional growling and one or two ear-splitting roars, but they could never find the source.
"I thought it was probably coming from the TV, but then I realized, hey, there aren't any large jungle cats on Wife Swap," said Mendelssohn.
The mystery was solved when Mendelssohn inadvertently tripped the mechanism revealing a secret compartment in the magicians' old cabinet, and Montecore, a 600-pound Royal white tiger, bound into her living room.
"I thought that damned cabinet seemed heavy," said Chris Mendelssohn.
Although he hadn't eaten in more than two weeks, Vickie Mendelssohn says the tiger behaved gently and seemed to be in good spirits, happily lapping up more than two dozen cans of Bumble Bee tuna they'd purchased that week at Costco.
"He did carry my Uncle Fred around the room a couple of times by his neck, but luckily Fred has a lot of loose skin back there, so he was none the worse for wear," says Mendelssohn.
Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, who have apparently had to sell off a lot of their equipment and props since their act closed following Montecore's on-stage attack of Horn in 2003, were understandably relieved and grateful to be reunited with their missing tiger.
"It's so sad we have had to sell our things, but to have misplaced Montecore in the process made it doubly painful," said Fischbacher, who added that it was particularly hard to part with their 200 sets of matching open-to-the-navel tiger-print blazers.
Horn also thanked the couple, saying, "Bluhhh muhshh blllhl, mmvjjlj cllclll."
"Oh, he does that to everybody - he talks fine now! Just cut it out, Roy," responded Fischbacher.
"Sorry, I can never resist," said Horn.
Siegfried and Roy were recently featured on ABC's 20/20, doing their "farewell performance" in front of a live audience at the Mirage hotel. Tickets ranged from $15,000 to $75,000, although many guests reported disappointment that the show was only eight minutes long, and that the tiger failed to "finish them off."
Meanwhile, Las Vegas Police Chief Joseph Franco says that incidents like what happened with the Mendelssohns are not as uncommon as one might think.
"There was that one time when somebody bought one of Liberace's pianos at auction, and it wound up being full of gay dwarfs," said Franco. "This is a weird F-in' town."
- Banner Stands» Browse banner stands by Post-Up Stand. Trade Show Displays, Retractable Banner Displays, and more. High quality, 48 hour turnaround time!
- Prom Dresses 2013» Searching for the perfect dress to wear on your big night? Take a look from these styles who top the best-dressed lists all the time!