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The body modification world mourns the loss of Nevada’s “Stalking Cat”

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Avner went through numerous surgeries throughout his transformation.
Mary Altaffer, AP

The body modification world mourns the loss of Dennis “Stalking Cat” Avner, who lived here in Nevada, served in the U.S. Navy and then found work as a computer technician. But his true passion was transformation. Avner grew out his fingernails and hooked a mechanical tail above his butt. He got cheek implants, forehead implants and whiskers. He surgically pointed his ears and split his upper lip.

Shannon Larratt, a friend of Avner and former editor of Body Modification Ezine says that Stalking Cat “transformed himself not just into a tiger, but a female tiger at that, blurring and exploring the gender line as much as the species line.” Avner was 54—about 40 years beyond the average life expectancy of a typical wild tiger.

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