Dec
26
2007

Christmas in San Francisco: It's scary because of the tigers

Everybody hear about this?
Yesterday (Christmas day) a 350-pound Siberian tiger at the SF Zoo somehow made it over a twenty foot wall and a fifteen foot moat to attack three visitors, killing one of them.

Wild (or semi-wild) animal attacks everywhere! We'll be lucky to make it to the new year!

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Thor's picture
Thor says:

On the news this morning, they're saying that this probably wasn't an accident, but a deliberate release of the tiger to hurt people. As they always like to say, it's still under investigation.

posted on Thu, 12/27/2007 - 8:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If they investigate, and do find that someone let out the tiger, then there should be legal action taken. Whomever let the tiger out, has some serious issues and needs some medical help!!!

posted on Thu, 12/27/2007 - 4:21pm
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honeycomb says:

Through the many zoos I've seen, I am not overly surprised. The exibits are built, and if an animal really tried he could escape. Few exibits are fully escape proof. I belive it was hungry (possibly underfed, or infrequently fed, etc.) and got hungry. BANG! The story that just occured. It had to happen sooner or later, and could easily happen again

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 2:46pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Now, the investigations are turning to see if the people attacked were taunting and mistreating the tiger in the zoo. Police want a search warrant to check the victim's cellphone cameras and car for evidence of taunting and alcohol or drug use. There does seem to be more to this story than first meets the eye.

posted on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 6:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I live in the bay area, I have been to the SF Zoo many times. I feel that even if those boys were taunting the tigers, they should have been safe under any circumstances.
I do believe they were doing something wrong to provoke the tiger, but they should have been safe. The zoo has an obligation to the public to keep them safe, however the public should respect wildlife as such. Wildlife.
I feel the boys actions, ie hiring an attorney before speaking publicly and the like seems to add an air of guilt, but someone and a tiger are now dead for no reason.

posted on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 4:59pm
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JGordon says:

Yeah, I'm guessing that's how it's going to turn out - that the guy was taunting the tiger, but it won't matter in court (the two survivors are suing the zoo, I believe) because a tiger cage should keep dangerous tigers from escaping no matter what.

Which is all reasonable. But maybe karma will catch up to this one, though, and he'll have a water skiing accident, or something.

posted on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 1:44am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Here's the latest news on the survivors, one of whom admits to being less than responsible in his tiger interactions that day.

posted on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 9:21am

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