Tiger convulsing at circus

Tiger collapses in convulsions in front of circus attendees

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A tiger, forced to perform tricks at a circus in Magnitogorsk, Russia, collapsed and began convulsing in front of a noisy crowd. The six-year-old tiger, Zena, had just completed a trick which involved her jumping through a ring of fire.

The shocking medical emergency

As reported by PETA, Zena was unresponsive and convulsing just feet away from the crowd. Trainer Artur Bagdasarov called for someone to bring over a bucket of water which was dumped on Zena’s head as she continued to seize on the side of the ring. A few moments later, Artur dragged the tiger away from the ring by her tail.

Finally, Zena appears to come around and rises to her wobbly feet.

Video of Zena’s medical emergency

Warning – the video may be difficult to view.


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This little dog is a hero!


12 replies
  1. Patty says:

    THAT GUY IS A PIG !!!!!!!!!!!!!! POKING THE TIGER AND PULLING ON HER TAIL AS SHE IS OBVIOUSLY SIEZING AND IN DISTRESS AND CANNOT MOVE OF HER OWN FREE WILL !!!!!!!!!!! GOD, I HATE PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably NOT but I hope it would be mandatory for the tiger to be seen by a vet ….

    • Melissa says:

      I absolutly agree with you! I wish the animal abuser had a seizer so I can drag him and poke him with a stick! Makes me so sick to my stomach to see what these poor innocent animals go through!

  2. Jan Barnes says:

    This is beyond cruelty–it is INSANE and INHUMANE! How can we rescue Zena? Those responsible should be set on fire!
    In any case, the blazing fires of HELL await them!

  3. Dalma Bugg says:

    This is exactly why Animal activists have been working so hard to get circuses to remove animal acts and allow the animals that be rehomed in sactuaries. It doesn’t get any more inhumane than what this idiot did to this poor tiger.

  4. Mary says:

    I can’t think of anything bad enough to say about this “trainer.” Can Zena be rescued?? This situation breaks my heart & makes me sick! I wish all circuses were history!

  5. Nadya Rossi says:

    Creep! I’d like to give the same treatment to him! But, as long as idiots pay to support animal cruelty, circuses & rodeos will continue to exist.

  6. Luana Duncan says:

    I couldn’t watch the video. But yes, how can we save Zena?? Poor beautiful tiger!! There has 2 b some way 2 get her out of there and away from that abusive trainer!! I surely hope she recieved vet care!!

  7. Denise Moore says:

    Zena is probably diabetic or something of that nature. Some humans are so ignorant they would exploit an ant if it made them money.

  8. Adrienne says:

    Hope PETA has been working on this and trying to get Zena. There are sanctuaries that will take her once she is released if that happens. Please give us an update on this


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