In Pensacola, Florida a tiger attacked his trainer at the Pensacola Interstate Fair on Wednesday after the owner of the show tripped and fell down. According to WearTV, Vicenta Pages was grabbed by the foot by their “trained” two-year-old Bengal tiger Ghandhi, who then dragged her by her ankle with his mouth across the demonstration area.
School children witnessed the upsetting situation as Vicenta shouted “Ghandhi, Ghandhi, no!” “Get over all the way, Gandhi, Gandhi,” Pages said, according to the video of the incident as the tiger attacked. “Hey, hey, hey, hey, Gandhi, no, Gandhi, Gandhi, Gandhi no!” Immediately, co-owner of the show, David Donnert, struck Ghandi multiple times in attempts to free the woman. As disturbing was watching the tiger being beaten with a stick even after he released the woman.
“The Pensacola Interstate Fair does not condone the mistreatment of animals. Pages’ White Tiger Show is not managed by the Pensacola Interstate Fair, it’s an independently owned and operated entertainment act,” stated fair publicist Katie King in a press release.
King stated that Ghandi had been having “playtime” with Vicenta before the scheduled show and apparently thought it wasn’t time to stop. Animal advocates are irate – wild animals don’t belong “performing” and balancing on balls or jumping through hoops.
“My daughter recorded it on her tablet,” Scott Caputo wrote in a post accompanying the video on Facebook, which has gone viral. “Holly thinks it was no big deal. I thought it was horrifying.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) reportedly shut the show down.
(Video by Scott Caputo. Photo via freezeshot from Scott Caputo’s Facebook)