Tiger beat: facts being sorted out

Yesterday SF Zoo officials admitted that they had been putting out incorrect information about the crucial dimensions of the security moat that failed to separate the public from the tiger enclose — the wall was only 12.5 feet high, not 20 feet high as was reported for the first two or three days. That makes a big difference, said experts. View an annotated photograph of the tiger enclosure, with dimensions marked.

Today police and fire dispatch logs were released, indicated a scene of chaos and confusion at the zoo. Zoo officials first told police that reports of a loose tiger were from crazy people, then refused to let police into the zoo for several minutes. According to zoo patrons, throughout the incident the zoo failed to warn patrons of the escaped tiger.

An interesting post in the blog An Angeleo’s View of the Word lists several incidents in zoos managed by SF Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo.

2 Comments so far

  1. Charles R. Sears II (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    If these fact’s are true..and I don’y doubt them then the city and the zoo are in a lot of trouble whether or not the 3 victims of the mauling by the tiger were taunting her or not.
    It has been reported that the two brother’s are troublemaker’s in the community where they live in San Jose and have been in trouble with police and neighbors before for being drunk and disrepectful,etc. It has been reported that they were beligerant with police and hospital personnel who tried to help them and find out what really happened.
    I find it plausable that if one of them was on the wall of the moat and taunting the tiger and she jumped up and grabbed his leg and pulled herself up and over the wall with him pulling her also as he run’s away and then one of the brother’s come’s to his aide and he is then killed by the tiger..as the other 2 try to distract the tiger as it is said happened.
    I would like to know why there were no zoo staff around,no alarms when and if someone steps over the viewing fence?I would like to see the 2 brothers charged with their friends death and the death of the tiger if they can prove that the 3 were indeed taunting the tiger and over the viewing fence.It is not just the zoo’s fault,but everyone involved here.

  2. DontBlameVictim (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

    I would like to see zoo management arrested. It is clear. Bad seed cat. Previous attack. Previous reports of escaped cats. Wimpy enclosure. End of discussion.

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