Georgian man badly injured by circus tiger in Italy
25 December, 2018
Georgian man badly injured by circus tiger in Italy
A 25-year-old Georgian was badly injured by a tiger after breaking into the cage at the Lidia Togni circus, which is currently in Reggio Calabria, - Italian edition Il Fatto Quotidiano has reported. The man was said to be under the influence of drugs. Reportedly, doctors had to amputate his arm. He is believed not to be in a life-threatening condition. He has been in intensive care since the accident on the 24th of December at the southern city's Riuniti hospital.
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The fight between Tariel and a tiger, The knight in the panther's skin by Shota Rustaveli


After the news about the accident spread, Georgian Facebook users compared the injured man with “Tariel”. Tariel is one of the leading characters of a Georgian medieval epic poem, written in the 12th century by Shota Rustaveli. Tariel is madly in love with Nestan. Obsessed with the love, the knight Tariel wears the skin of tiger that reminds him of Nestan. One day, he witnesses the fight between a tiger and a lion. He kills a lion to defend the tiger. Tariel expects that the tiger will be kind to him but instead it almost kills him. Finally, the knight gains a victory of the beast.

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