Tiger beat: victim identified

art.sf.zoo.ap.jpgPolice 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.

9 Comments so far

  1. Peter (unregistered) on December 26th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    the cops’ story is changing already. they didn’t shoot the tiger because it was coming at them or because it began to attack the kid again, they shot it b/c wtf else are you going to do with a massive tiger? they saw they had a chance to unload on another living thing that wasn’t a white person, so they filled it with lead.

    cops just lie instinctively. that’s all their good at – lying and killing.


  2. m (unregistered) on December 26th, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

    Sounds like a U-Tube stunt gone wrong to me!
    Find the phone cameras and you will find your answers..


  3. m (unregistered) on December 26th, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

    Sounds like a U-Tube stunt gone wrong to me!
    Find the phone cameras and you will find your answers..


  4. c gonella (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    in the 60′s a male tiger made the same jump successfully in full view of patrons and employees. it was covered by the san francisco chronicle and a relative of mine saw it happen. it was surmised the animal was agitated by 2 cubs in the same grotto. no damage to anyone and the cat was returned to another grotto.


  5. c gonella (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    in the 60′s a male tiger made the same jump successfully in full view of patrons and employees. it was covered by the san francisco chronicle and a relative of mine saw it happen. it was surmised the animal was agitated by 2 cubs in the same grotto. no damage to anyone and the cat was returned to another grotto.


  6. BEAUTiiFUL (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    CARLOS SOUSA JR. WAS A VERY GOOD FRiEND OF MiNE N iM TiRED OF ALL THE DAMN STORiES N SHiT CHANGiNG iM GLAD THAT DAMN TiGER DiED. HE WAS A GOOD KiD. HE WAS ONLY 17 YEARS OLD! COME ON PEOPLE OPEN YOUR EYES 2 THE WORLD AROUND YOU.


  7. BEAUTiiFUL (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    CARLOS SOUSA JR. WAS A VERY GOOD FRiEND OF MiNE N iM TiRED OF ALL THE DAMN STORiES N SHiT CHANGiNG iM GLAD THAT DAMN TiGER DiED. HE WAS A GOOD KiD. HE WAS ONLY 17 YEARS OLD! COME ON PEOPLE OPEN YOUR EYES 2 THE WORLD AROUND YOU.


  8. PYRO (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 10:40 am

    Carlos "Cutthroat" Sousa Jr. was a fucktarded 17-year-old wannabe thuglife cholo from San Jose who taunted Tatiana the Tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day 2007 by throwing rocks and pine-cones at her and sticking his leg into the exhibit area. To his dismay, the tiger jumped across the moat, used the spic’s leg as a makeshift rope, and climbed out. The kid got his punk ass promptly chewed, becoming an hero by tiger proxy.

    23-year-old Kulbir Dhaliwal was actually the IRL Hate Machine’s first victim. As the tiger clawed and bit him, Sousa and the younger brother, Amritpal "Paul" Dhaliwal, 19, yelled in hopes of scaring it off him, police said. The cat then went for Sousa, slashing his neck and ripping off his face (lol open casket funeral) as the brothers ran to a zoo cafe for help.

    After killing Sousa, the tiger followed a trail of blood left by Kulbir about 300 yards to the cafe, where it mauled both men.

    Shortly afterwards, the 5-0 arrived and found the cat sitting next to one of the bloodied brothers. The victim yelled, "Help me! Help me!" and the animal resumed its attack.

    The cops used their patrol car lights to distract the tiger, and it turned and began approaching them, leading all four to go ’187 on the motherfucker’s ass.

    A witness now claims that she saw the boys earlier with catapults slingshots, and they were attempting to taunt a lion. Police also found an empty bottle of Jenkem in a car the boys used that day.

    Be prepared for another sob-fest filled with speeches of how the teenager is a perfect little angel, and a lawsuit to collect some IRL money. Meanwhile, online communities everywhere are mourning Tatiana over the dead li’l thuglife gobshite by about 99:1.


  9. Deadguy #2 (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

    thats funny



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