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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tiger Mauling Victim Sues SF Zoo

Last Christmas, a seventeen-year-old was mauled to death at the San Francisco Zoo.  His parents are suing, contending that the barriers around the tiger's pen were inadequate.  Another story points out that his friends (who were not killed) sued earlier for, among other things, defamation for suggesting that they had provoked the tiger.


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To clarify, as a non-approved comment evidenced a failure to read the story: the tiger escaped from its pen. The victims did not go into the tiger's enclosure; the tiger escaped.

"The 243-pound tiger named Tatiana leaped from her grotto at 5 p.m. on Dec. 25, 2007, and attacked Paul Dhaliwal, who was standing on a three-foot railing outside the exhibit along with his brother Kulbir and Sousa, according to police reports. Some witness accounts say Sousa was trying to protect his friends when the tiger turned on him.

The tiger followed the Dhaliwals to another part of the zoo and attacked them again before being fatally shot by police."

Posted by: Bill Childs | Dec 26, 2008 6:27:25 AM

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