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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dare Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry...

Eight TIGERS and a lioness, belonging to a Russian traveling circus, have died during a 20-hour journey across Siberia in an enclosed, heated truck.

The animals were found dead when they arrived early on Tuesday in the city of Yakutsk, where they had been due to perform in holiday shows.

Local police are investigating whether animals were poisoned by carbon monoxide exhaust fumes.

Several other circus animals, including a dog in the same truck, survived.

A circus employee said the truck should have been better ventilated and opened every two hours.

According to reports, the circus team who should have been looking after the animals were instead found drinking.

The animals were part of the private "Mechta" circus based in the southern city of Krasnodar.

A World Wildlife Fund official in Russia says that while the transportation of animals is strictly controlled in circuses which receive state funding in Russia, private ones are not sufficiently regulated.


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JB said...

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Therese said...

Usually, it is sci-fi and horror films which attract readings of subtext and symbolic imagery. But a comedy film from 2009 The Hangover, is equally worthy of note. It is a stylish, adult comedy. The story is of a group of groomsmen who go to Las Vegas to party with their friend the bridegroom. They wake up in a chaotic hotel room, have lost the groom, and can't remember anything. They then retrace their steps, trying to work out what happened to them overnight.

The film has some notable references to classical myths, the retreat of a group of same sex individuals before a wedding for rituals of celebration and rites of passage - amnesia, a common condition of those who have encountered the immortals, esp Dionysius - the presence of animals and spirit guides, such as a clucking hen and a tiger in their hotel room. The film is set in Ceasar's Palace hotel.

The presence of the tiger, in this film, is magical. The beautiful, menacing, out of place, creature brings his vivid presence to key scenes.