Tiger beat: victim identified
Police this afternoon identified the man killed by the SF Zoo tiger as 17-year-old Carlos Souza Jr. of San Jose.
Some of the details of last night’s multiple maulings that are being clarified in the light of day:
Souza was killed just outside the tiger enclosure, not at the Terrace Cafe where the other two victims were mauled. The eatery is 300 yards from the enclosure, not 60 yards away, as some early reports had it.
Zoo officials are still insisting the only way the tiger got out of its enclosure was by jumping the 15-foot-wide moat. Authorities are asking for any witnesses of the escape to report what they saw, since the zoo has no video surveillance.
The other two victims, 19 and 23-year-old brothers who have not been identified, are said to be recovering well despite initial reports of arriving at San Francisco General in critical condition, and doctors expect them to fully recover. Earlier reports that the brothers knew the dead man have not been confirmed, but no statements from the brothers have been released yet.
The Mercury News reported that police were conducting a criminal investigation.
Meanwhile, a New York Times columnist reflected on the event, the scene at the zoo, and the media coverage. And the Denver Post covers the local angle: Tatiana, the tiger involved in this attack and last year’s, was born at the Denver Zoo in 2003, two years before being transferred to San Francisco. The story includes a file photo of Tatiana as a kitten.