Thanks to this pair of kooky cat-lovers, felines are the toast of Las Vegas. Today, 5 adorable new tiger cubs are making their debut at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. Today is also Siegfried’s 69th birthday. You can see them all in action here:
The 6-week-old kitties are all female except for the golden male, whom Roy has named Svengali because he’s surrounded by women. A press release described the cubs’ new home and companions:
Since opening in 1997, the Secret Garden reveals… (that) the world’s most exotic animals can live side by side with one another and with mankind…. Siegfried & Roy seek to renew the public’s sense of responsibility to preserve nature…. Rare exotic animals (who) reside within the Secret Garden (include) the Royal White Tigers of Nevada, the White Lions of Timbavati, gold heterozygous tigers carrying the gold and white gene, Africa and Asian leopards, a black panther and a snow leopard.
In 2003, Roy was mauled after giving a performance on his 59th birthday by Montecore, his 380-pound white Bengal tiger. But Montecore was luckier than Tatiana at the San Francisco zoo. No one flew off the handle and shot him. The team believe Montecore sensed Roy was having a mini-stroke and tried to protect him by dragging him away. Unfortunately, the big cat accidentally crushed Roy’s windpipe, damaged a neck artery, and left him partially paralyzed, but Siegfried & Roy are still cats’ best friends.