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.