Hold that tiger
A San Francisco Zoo employee who called 911 during the Christmas Day tiger attack told a dispatcher that a very agitated male was claiming to have been bitten by an animal, but the employee initially didn't believe him, according to communication police released this afternoon. The employee, who works at the zoo cafe, later went on to say "two males are 800 (crazy) and are making something up," but the employee added one of the men was bleeding from the back of the head.
I guess the tiger showed up at the cafe shortly afterward and changed the employee's mind.
The latest revelation came a day after zoo officials said the enclosure for the Siberian tiger had a wall lower than they initially stated and below industry recommendations. Zoo Director Manuel A. Mollinedo also said he believes the tiger escaped from that portion of the enclosure, although police said they still don't know what happened. ...
The deadly attack comes as an enormous embarrassment to the nearly 80-year-old zoo, the largest and oldest in Northern California. The zoo was just moving past controversy over the highly publicized deaths of two elephants in 2004 that prompted it to move its remaining elephants to an animal sanctuary. It also comes as an embarrassment for director Mollinedo. The Los Angeles Zoo, under his leadership, was criticized for animal escapes a decade ago. Federal inspection reports indicated that over a 12-month period, a dozen animals at the Los Angeles Zoo escaped from their cages, including a gorilla and a snow leopard.
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Sousa Sr. said he spent Christmas Day searching for his son. The family did not know that he had gone to the zoo with his friends. He said Dhaliwal told him in a phone conversation on Christmas Day that Sousa Jr. was not with him.
"I called Paul the day my son died and said, 'Have you seen my son?' and he said, 'No,'" Sousa Sr. said. "My son looked at him like a brother, so that's one thing that hurt us a lot."
Sousa Sr. has not spoken with the Dhaliwal brothers since the attack but he said he has a lot of questions for Paul.
"I want to say, 'Why'd you lie?'" he said. "'Why didn't you tell me he was with you?'"
The Sousas also want to know why the brothers did not tell police the other person attacked by the tiger was their son. Authorities reported the brothers were not cooperating with them originally.