LOL...I'd better explain what happened with that judge...
The steward got Orion out of his cage, put him down on the table and he was ok. The judge (Karen) started to look him over and then tilted his head upwards. Someone had turned on a ceiling fan that was all wobbly and noisy. Orion must have seen this and it spooked him I guess, because he FREAKED!! Karen tried to head back over to his cage with him because she could see he'd been spooked, and didn't make it. He twisted and kicked and she had to put him on the ground but still had hold of him. All he wanted to do was run away so he screamed and yowled the whole hall down. Karen and the steward got him back into his cage but not without him drawing some blood from her!
Karen stood there at the table in shock and shaking. She said that was so unlike a russian and was trying to figure out what on earth had happened. She said that he definitely wasn't trying to attack her but just trying to get away and run. Someone noticed the ceiling fan and commented on it and it was decided that it must have spooked him.
Karen came up and talked to us once she'd completed judging the last cat and said that he would have been her top cat if that didn't happen. She insisted that it was fine though and not his fault and said that she just couldn't leave him out of her top group, so she still gave him 3rd in her Top 5. That was great of Karen to do that considering what had happened and she is obviously a very good judge who understands and cares for the cat.
Poor Orion remained cranky, growling and hissing from that point onwards though. We just kept giving him lots of cuddles and talking to him, but he just wasn't happy at all.
At home though he's back to his normal smoochy purring self again, so we're glad he's ok now.