Tiger beat: clearance sale
The inevitable PETA press release on the tiger attack includes their open letter to SF Zoo director Manuel A. Mollinedo.
NBC11.com has an interview with the dead man’s father. KPIX quotes zoo experts as saying it would have been very unlikely for a zoo tiger to have leapt over the 15-foot-wide moat around its enclosure, suggesting it might have had some kind of help, such as a board that enabled it to climb over the wall.
NPR was reporting that the three victims were together outside the tiger enclosure; when the tiger went for 17 year old Carlos Souza Jr., the two older men ran to a zoo restaurant, where the tiger pursued and attacked them. The SF Chronicle quotes zoo officials as saying the tiger may have injured at least one of them outside the tiger pen, then followed the trail of blood to the eatery. (See the map in last night’s original post.)
Also, this interesting detail is in the Chronicle story:
At one point, police said, zoo officials feared that the four other tigers that belong to the zoo were on the loose. Authorities said one zookeeper wanted to go into the large cat grotto to account for the remaining animals, and police had to physically restrain him.
The UK’s Daily Express has what appears to be a purely imaginary interview with one of the attack’s survivors. And a man writing for The Scotsman offers a dramatic account of the attack, including the curious factoid that a Christmas visit to the zoo is “a custom for many San Franciscans.”
No, Scottie. We might like going to the mall. But not the maul.