Tiger beat: Report: tiger’s victims were punks

The San Jose Mercury News on Saturday had a story about the three victims of the Christmas Day tiger attack. According to the report, the dead teenager, Carlos Sousa Jr., was close friends with the younger of the two brothers who survived the attack, living for a time on the same street in San Jose. The Sousa family reportedly came to consider Paul Dhaliwal a bad influence on their son, who was two years younger, after Paul Dhaliwal was arrested three times in 2007 on charges ranging from smoking marijuana to reckless driving to resisting arrest. In another incident, Sousa was arrested for driving without a license; he was driving Dhaliwal’s car.

The Dhaliwal brothers continue to maintain they did nothing to provoke the tiger, which escaped from its enclosure Christmas Day and killed the 17-year-old Sousa and mauled the Dhaliwal brothers before being killed by police. Meanwhile, a court ruled that police requests to examine the brothers’ car and cell phones must be heard by a San Jose court.

Earlier last week, the Mercury News reported that Dhaliwal had telephoned Sousa’s mother to describe the attack. The story also reported that the necropsy of Tatiana the tiger — whose body weighed in at 250 pounds, not 350 as earlier reported — showed she had been hit three times by police bullets, and that her stomach was full from an earlier feeding.

7 Comments so far

  1. Charles R. Sears II (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    I too had heard that the two survivor’s of the tiger attack were punks,and were often terrorizing their street where they live and the neighbor’s.It was on the news shortly after the attack.The very fact that they refuse to co-operate with police says alot about what type of people they are.Why wouldn’t they answer questions? And if the stories are true about them being belligerent at the hospital to the staff who was trying the fix them up….then that also goes to define their character. Then to go and hire an ambulance chaser lawyer takes the cake.I believe they were taunting Tatiana and that she surprised them by jumping over the moat and out of her enclosure and attacking them…[read the Guardian],these boys are scared and knew they are and were wrong in their taunting of the cat…who fixated on them and hunted them down,as she saw them as a threat to her.She was the innocent victim here..these boy’s should be charged with Tatiana’s death and the death of their friend also.

  2. Victor Young (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    The only regret here is that the police acted too fast. Yes…too fast. They should have let the tiger finished its job of removing the punk brothers from the gene pool before taking any action. Tatiana was actually doing us humans a favor.

  3. Paddy W (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

    So sad that Siberian Tigers are an endangered species but Punk-assed suckers from SJ are not. I’d say the SFPD shot at the wrong species.

  4. Carmel de Bertaut (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

    She acted on instinct and did everything she needed to do in order to survive. She was a strong member of her species.
    They acted like fools, they taunted a much larger predator-if this event had involved any any other species the idiot would die and the strong would survive.
    This went against all laws of nature.

  5. Louis Wu (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

    Victor- -These punks would be eligible for Darwin Awards if the tiger had been allowed to finish the job. :-)

  6. Eddie (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    The truth is now coming out on CNN that the brothers did in fact taunt Tatiana.

    It’s unfortunate that we as humans, remove wild animals from their habitat and kill them for doing what comes naturally to them.

    Tatiana did nothing wrong. Perhaps zoo-life slowed her down as I’m sure in the wild, the two brothers would have been killed in seconds.

    Stupid punks. I’m sad for the death of a beautiful and endangered animal. Paul and his brother should have been the ones put down.

    Pathetic humans.

  7. MoMo (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    Maybe they should build a San Jose Zoo

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