One with the Tiger


Amur tigers with insert of David Villalobos

On Friday afternoon, 21 September 2012, at about 3:35 p.m., David Villalobos, a 25-year-old cat lover from Mahopac, jumped from the Bronx Zoo’s elevated monorail into the cage of a 400-pound tiger.   He was injured in the 17-foot fall and was mauled by Bachuta, an 11-year-old male Amur tiger, before being rescued and taken to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.  Villalobos survived because of the actions of the tiger and the quick response of the zoo workers.  His injuries included a collapsed lung and bite wounds on his arms, legs shoulders and back.  He also suffered a broken right shoulder, right rib, pelvis, and ankle. 

He told police that he was not attempting suicide but rather was attempting to be close to the tiger and had fulfilled his wish to pet the tiger during the 10 minutes they spent alone together.  Apparently Mr. Villalobos’s Facebook page extols the virtues of mother earth, vegetarian diets, and closeness to animals.  The day before the jump he wrote: ““We have more to fear from other people than from other animals.”  Villalobos also described himself as “a messenger of The Return of The Divine Mother” and posted a photograph of wild tigers with the caption ‘Nice’.”

Interestingly, in Spanish the surname “Villalobos” means “town of wolves.”   It is a Sephardic surname of Castile and León origin.  Castile and León (castle and lion), located in north-western Spain, is the largest autonomous community of that country.  Its coat of arms displays castles and lions beneath a golden bejeweled crown.  Villalobos certainly took the love of lions reflected in his surname very personally:

Coat of Arms of Castile and León (Castle and Lion) – a fitting depiction of bejeweled Venus in regal Leo

Although several news reports give an approximate time of “around 3 in the afternoon,” the New York Times specifies 3:35 p.m. as the time of the event:

“At about 3:25 p.m., the man, David Villalobos of Mahopac, N.Y., landed inside the tiger enclosure, where he was suddenly alone with Bachuta, an 11-year-old male Siberian tiger weighing 400 pounds, officials said. Bachuta attacked him, leaving “puncture wounds” on his arms, legs, shoulder and back, but did not appear to have clamped its jaws onto the man’s head or neck, as tigers are wont to do to their prey, said James Breheny, the zoo’s director.” 

According to ABC News: “Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal’s den. His reason, they said, was that “he wanted to be one with the tiger.”   If Mr. Villalobos survives his injuries, he will face trespass charges when he is released from the hospital.

I was unable to find David Villalobos’ date of birth in any of the news stories.  It would be a fascinating chart to study in light of the event.  The chart of his jump into the lion cage is as follows:

Event Chart: Man jumps into tiger cage at Bronx zoo

This is an event chart for the moment Mr. Villalobos landed in the tiger cage.  I’m not sure what to make of it.  The event occurred on a Venus day (Friday) during a Mercury hour.  Venus in Leo in the 7th of marriage may reflect the love of lions.  Leo on the cusp of the 8th house may suggest death by lion, which was fortunately avoided.  Venus disposes Mercury in Libra in the 8th and ASC-ruler Saturn in Libra in the 9th.

Mercury disposes the Sun in the 8th of death and Jupiter in the 5th of recreational activities.  Mercury rules the 5th house and also the 6th house of small animals.  Jupiter in the 5th rules the 11th of hopes and wishes and the 12th of large animals, including those in a zoo.  Pluto in the 12th of confinement could reflect an obsession with large animals confined in a zoo.

Mars in Scorpio in the 10th is consistent with the daredevil nature of the event.  Moon in the 11th of wishes opposite Jupiter in the 5th of pleasures probably reflects the exaggerated and unrealistic nature of his pursuit.  The closest aspects are Jupiter in the 5th quincunx the ASC and Neptune semi-square the ASC.  The combination of these aspects suggest the overblown, quasi-delusional nature of the event.

If anyone knows this young man’s birth date, please post it in a comment so we can compare the birth data to the event chart.  Since he is described as a 25-year-old, his natal Neptune is around 6 Capricorn and thus currently in conjunction with transiting Pluto and square transiting Uranus.

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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