– Russian tiger tamer brings big cat to severely wounded Donbass boy (VIDEO) (RT, April 13, 2015):
A young boy from Donetsk, who has been severely traumatized by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, has had a dream come true. Ivan Voronov, who has lost multiple limbs as well as his sight, got the chance to meet a real-life tiger.
Ivan Voronov’s life has turned on its head. He had been just an ordinary 10-year-old boy living in Donetsk until one day disaster struck. A shell exploded next to him and he lost both legs, as well as having to have his right arm amputated. If that wasn’t bad enough, he has been left practically blind from the ordeal.
Ivan’s life has been shattered. However, thanks to the Zapashny brothers, who could be seen as a Russian version of the big cat trainers, Siegfried and Roy, the 10-year-old managed to live out a dream, despite his awful predicament.