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After suffering multiple injuries during a tiger attack an Arizona wildlife sanctuary director has released a statement taking responsibility for the incident.


During his days as a Las Vegas illusionist Jonathan Kraft, 73, learned first hand the neglect and abuse animal performers can suffer at the hands of their trainers.

It's what led Kraft later in life to found the Keepers of the Wild animal sanctuary in Valentine, Arizona as a place to rescue and protect the animals he had grown to love.

But on Monday Kraft was given a costly reminder about the wild nature of the animals he cares for.

In an effort to protect the animals from an approaching storm, Kraft made a near fatal error and was attacked by an 11-year-old Bengal tiger named Bowie.

In statement released on the Keepers of the Wild Facebook page Wednesday, Kraft and park officials explained what lead to the attack.


At the time of the incident Kraft had received a flash flood warning as a large thunderstorm was moving into the area. The sanctuary was being closed to the public and Kraft took "unilateral action" to move several of the sanctuary's large cats into their protected enclosures.



During this transfer a "safety protocol had obviously failed," according to the statement.

"Jonathan made the decision to shift Bowie's gates to allow him access to his den box area," sanctuary officials said.

"During the process, the usually docile behaving Bowie exhibited unusual conduct by suddenly pushing the gates prior to Jonathan being able to secure the safety clips."
"Animal Care staff rushed to assist Jonathan and remove him from the tiger's grip. Although Bowie lacks front claws, he took advantage of his strong teeth to hold onto Jonathan."

Kraft sustained multiple wounds and two broken bones from the attack.

He was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center via ambulance and later transferred to a Vegas area facility for continued treatment. Doctors expect it will be several months before Kraft recovers from his injuries.

As far as the attack though, Kraft takes full responsibility for what happened.

"My accident with Bowie was my fault. I was concerned for his welfare and did not stay focused on him."

Kraft shared in his statement:

"It only takes a fraction of a second for a captive wild animal to revert to their instinctual behavior. These situations occur when there is human error."

Sanctuary officials added that following the incident Bowie is "fine and resting in his habitat."

Friends and fellow animal lovers were thankful for the update and relieved to hear that Kraft would recover.


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Though many were very concerned about what might happen to Bowie following the attack.


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But Keepers of the Wild assured fans that Bowie would always have a home with them.


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For which they were all very grateful.


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Keepers of the Wild thanked followers for their support and reminded those interested in helping them continue their mission can donate on their website here.

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Warning: There may be spoilers if you have not watched the series finale of Game of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke wanted to ensure Daenerys Targaryen would nail that war-mongering scene in the final episode of Game of Thrones.

The 32-year-old actress – who portrays Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains (that's one character) – did what was necessary to convincingly portray the chilling moment as she spoke in Dothraki and Valyrian.

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Halsey has paid off a fan’s speeding ticket after the woman claimed she was driving too fast because she was enjoying her new single "Nightmare".

Twitter user Francesca claimed she was driving home from Pennsylvania State University when she was stopped for speeding.

“I got pulled over… for the first time ever and when asked why I was going 99 in a 70 I was dangerously close to admitting I was bangin out to Halsey’s new song Nightmare,” she said on social media.

“What’s your Venmo. I’ll pay your ticket. Drive safely please!” Halsey said on Twitter.

The singer’s music video for Nightmare, starring Debbie Harry and Cara Delevingne, was released on May 16, and has already reached over 15.5 million views on YouTube.

The original tweet was liked over 4,000 times, and caught the attention of Halsey herself, who transferred Francesca 250 US dollars for the ticket.


Needless to say the interaction has gotten quite a lot of attention. We all stan a queen that supports her fans as much as they support her.



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A woman in New York has been praised by police for alerting them to a possible suicide attempt after she mistook a closed umbrella for a person wearing a "Handmaid's Tale" costume. Casey McCormick tweeted she thought she saw “a woman dressed as a handmaid about to jump from a building” and called 911.

The sighting turned out to be a table umbrella which, from a distance, looked much like a handmaid from the seminal Margaret Atwood novel "The Handmaid’s Tale".

The New York Police Department’s news account made it clear on Twitter that McCormick had done the right thing in alerting the authorities.

“Blessed be the umbrella. Thank you Casey and the @POPSUGAR team for alerting us to this crime, glad we could save the day,” they tweeted. “Jokes aside, if you’re ever hesitant about calling 911 – don’t be! We take all calls seriously, and worse case we get to go home with a great story.”

“Better safe than sorry!” one Twitter user replied.

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her addiction to porn before starting a relationship with current husband Will Smith.

The conversation centered on the subject of pornography and its affect on relationships on Monday's episode of Red Table Talks on Facebook.

The discussion began backstage with her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris when Smith said that 40 million people watch porn on a daily basis.

"Back in the day I had a little porn addiction," the 47-year-old admitted, but emphasized, "I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness."

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