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Life of Pi star mauls five at opening of Dubai International Film Festival

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Life of Pi star mauls five at opening of Dubai International Film Festival

Chaos on red carpet as 450-pound Bengal tiger attacks guests

The tiger (left) during happier times

DUBAI: There were embarrassed blushes at the Dubai International Film Festival last night after the star of the opening film unexpectedly mauled five guests on the red carpet.

The 450-pound Bengal tiger, who plays the character Richard Parker in Ang Lee’s 3D adaptation of Life of Pi, reportedly became incensed by a camera flash while posing for photographers at the Madinat Jumeirah, pouncing on a group of festival attendees stood nearby.

In the ensuing melee, three Egyptian TV stars, a Lebanese documentary maker and Morgan Freeman were savaged before the tiger’s handlers stepped in to calm the situation. The five remain in a critical state.

“To be honest, we just assumed he’d been given the necessary media training to deal with such events,” said one of the organisers, before quipping, “it’s just a good job the carpet is red!”



  1. abhishek

    December 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    what nonsense, other than this website not a single web says anything

    • Niall

      December 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

      I think you’re onto something, these guys may not be a proper reputable news source at all! some kind of outrageous sham indeed!

  2. abhishek

    December 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    infact gulf news article says there were no tiger on the red carpet

  3. steve

    December 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Your intelligence ratings are plummeting with every comment Abishek

  4. zoopkabir

    December 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    It is a zionist conspiracy that everywhere else was pressured into not reporting it. This website is the only one that did not crack under the pressure- alhamdulillah for free speech.

  5. Cupcake

    December 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Yes, Abhishek, I just checked with the other webs as well as my spider web and nobody’s heard anything. Maybe it was the journalists that were mauled that’s why they are not writing?

  6. Jim

    December 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Omg that’s terrible! My thoughts go out to their families.

  7. Sheikha Mayassa

    December 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Your BS detector is so highly tuned, Abhishek. I suppose it’s because you read Gulf News.

  8. Benny

    December 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I hope that Tiger was put down.

  9. BigManInOhMan

    December 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I have never seen a more shocking headline since the one about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbour.

  10. DeltaSly

    December 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I heard the tiger was removed afterwards and taken for a drive down JBR in a 4×4 with blacked out windows and a sunroof.

  11. Georgina Wilson-Powell

    December 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I bought a tiger off some guy down JBR – perhaps it is the same one? It’s now in my living room having tea.

  12. abhishek

    December 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    u r kidding wilson

  13. Georgina Wilson-Powell

    December 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    No, it’s very well behaved actually. Tigers love tea.

  14. ssuh

    December 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I was there and I did NOT see any tiger?? No medics nor anything? Are you sure you are reporting the right venue?

  15. DeltaSly

    December 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I believe there was a live Warg at the premier for the Hobbit.

  16. Andy

    December 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    DeltaSly – I was at the opening for Jurassic Park. It was horrifying :'(

  17. Ritesh Purohit (@PuroRit)

    December 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Andy – & lets not even speak about the re-release of Jaws which we went for!

  18. DeltaSly

    December 18, 2012 at 5:42 am

    The premier of Finding Nemo was pretty tame though…

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