Daily Archives: September 23, 2012


Surely the facts are still in dispute.

“NEW YORK — Before his tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations such as “Be love and fearless.”
Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that he leaped from an elevated train without fear into the animal’s den.
Why? “He wanted to be one with the tiger,” police said.”

Like Marcello in What?


“Villalobos, 25, also recounted how he landed on all fours and was attacked by the 400-pound beast and was dragged around by his foot, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said. Despite his serious injuries, Villalobos claimed he was able to get his wish: to pet the tiger — a male Siberian named Bashuta, Browne said.
Villalobos, still in the hospital Saturday, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing, based on his admissions and a complaint from the zoo, police said. It was unclear whether Villalobos, a real estate agent, had an attorney, and attempts to reach his relatives were unsuccessful.”

It’s equally unclear whether Villalobos is acquainted with William Blake.


“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?”

Take it away Louis!