BREAKING: Tiger dead, 1 person dead, 2 injured at SF Zoo
Tatiana, the SF Zoo Siberian tiger which attacked a keeper last year, was the same animal involved in tonight’s attack, reports say. SF Chronicle photo.
A Siberian tiger was shot dead tonight at the San Francisco Zoo after attacking at least three people. KGO TV news was reporting that four tigers were loose in the zoo’s grounds at one point, and that dozens of police responded to the zoo with guns drawn.
By 6:05 pm all big cats were accounted for, and two people were at San Francisco General Hospital with injuries.
The attack took place just over a year after the same Siberian tiger attacked a keeper at SF Zoo. Cal-OSHA issued a report in June saying the zoo was at fault for the attack, in which the keeper lost an arm. The 46-year-old zoo employee is suing the zoo, according to reports tonight.
6:18 pm — SF Gate reports one person is dead and two injured.
6:21 pm — KCBS radio is reporting one man dead and two men critically injured. KGO TV said that after attacking at least one person, the tiger bolted toward a zoo restaurant, and was shot and killed there.
6:36 pm — KCBS radio reports:
- All three men who were attacked were zoo patrons, not workers, and were attacked not in or near the tiger’s pen, but outside the Terrace Cafe.
- The dead man was 23 years old; the two survivors, whom a paramedic described as having wounds “all over” their bodies, were brothers aged 19 and
1823, friends of the victim.
6:38 pm — SF Gate reports the attack took place at 5:17 pm. Though it was initially reported that four tigers were loose, the zoo’s other three tigers never left their enclosure. Before all the animals were accounted for, “Firefighters were using tall ladders to shine flashlights into the zoo through the dense eucalyptus trees.”
7:09 pm — A reporter on KCBS said:
- The Terrace Cafe where the attacks took place is 60 yards from the tiger’s pen.
- The tiger was killed while mauling one of the survivors; police shot the tiger.
KGO TV news footage showed the dead tiger lying on its side on what appeared to be a walkway.
7:28 pm — An Associated Press story updates some details:
The tiger was shot after the last attack. It had climbed on top of the victim, but started moving toward a group of approaching police officers. Several officers shot it with handguns.
8:00 pm — Reports are now saying the tiger involved in tonight’s attack was Tatiana (pictured above), the same animal which attacked a keeper just over a year ago.
8:36 pm — The AP is clarifying that the tiger attack took place outside the Terrace Cafe, not inside as some early reports had it.
9:08 pm — The two survivors are reported to be in serious but stable condition at SF General Hospital; one of them walked to the ambulance, according to KCBS, which also reported that zoo officials were looking into the possibility that the rampaging tiger escaped by jumping the 20-foot moat that separates its enclosure from the public.