Ferocious Tiger Kills teen Christmas Day.
Tatiana, a Siberian tiger escaped at the San Francisco zoo, Christmas day, as reported in the 12/27/07, edition of the Los AngelesTimes.
The tiger was found at the Terrace Cafe sitting by an injured person. Earlier, the tiger, an alpha animal that kills for food, mauled a San Jose teen to death at the tiger exhibit.
Carlos Sousa, Jr., 17, a resident of San Jose was killed instantly by the tiger, "that apparently struck him in the neck area," as reported by authorities. Two other people were also mauled by the man eating beast but were expected to survive.
This incident clearly demonstrates that zoo officials take a cavalier approach to zoo patron safety. It shows that visiting a zoo is hazardous to your health. Instead of a pleasant family outing to a city park where you take your elderly mother, and the toddlers, you are truly visiting a slaughter house where people are the main course. And although officials at the S.F. zoo were confident that no other or patrons were attacked that is little comfort and I would stay away from a place where for my entry fee I could lose a loved one or my own precious life.
Police Chief Fong, of the S.F. police reported that the tiger was found sitting at the Terrace Cafe on the zoo premises by police. An injured person was seen lying on the floor next to the beast. Police at first held their fire for fear of striking the injured man. And only shot and killed the tiger when it turned toward them.
The parents of the victim were devastated at the news of their son killed at the San Francisco zoo. The was father of the victim was interviewed. "He was obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time." said the bereaved father.
Zoo authorities were uncertain how the man eating tiger escaped from its' enclosure. And they remain scratching their heads. But clearly killer beasts and people do not mix. And authorities that let their guard down and put the public in danger is a reckless policy.
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