Friday, December 28, 2007

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.

Gorillas loose in Los Angeles?

Anyhow, the family of the slain tiger victim is 'hurt' by the survivor's lies.

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.


Blogger Unknown said...

I thought you're now recovered. :)

12/28/2007 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I might have been inclined to wonder about the blood, at least a little, given the claim.
Jaws with Claws

12/28/2007 07:09:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"After the zoo attack, authorities said, the brothers had refused to give their own names, identify the victim or initially give authorities an account of what occurred. "

12/28/2007 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger Mad Fiddler said...

Here's a thought:

Terrorists are looking at ways to sucker Americans into dying in seemingly prosaic situations. Just get 'em to dangle their legs over the edge of the BIG CAT compound at the Zoo after hours, while shouting out scornful comments about the cat and its ancestors. Maybe even pelt them with sharp stones, until the cats run amok and shred their tormentors.

Hmmm. Where else could we go with this?

(1) Encourage conservatives to actually reply to the insults from "progressives" so that the conversation quickly escalates to fisticuffs, and both parties and their retainers are hauled off to the pokey, leaving the terrorists free to do their mischief unopposed.

(2) Start a widespread movement encouraging air travelers to talk back to the inspectors bullying them on their way through airport check-in security lines; carry Swiss Army knives, multiple-head battery operated screw drivers, and practice bag-pipes while waiting in line. This will surely result in many casualties, distracting authorities from the real terrorist threats.

(3) Replace Police cruiser dash-cam recorder videocassettes with old Three Stooges reels. Then start a campaign to get people to talk back and be uncooperative when stopped by state troopers.

(4)... I'll have to think for a while, but you get the idea.

Those tricky terrorist guys are always probing for weaknesses. We have to be constantly on our toes. Or the Tigers will be munching them for teacakes.

12/28/2007 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Fiddler, you need to saunter on over the LittleGreenFootballs and do a search in its archives for videotapes of Palestinian police graduation ceremonies. After you see what people in the Middle East do in Real Life to prove that they're capable of shooting each other, dangling a virgin over a tiger in a zoo won't look nearly as silly as you're making it out to be.

12/29/2007 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger tckurd said...

This from yesterday - couldn't fine more recent:

"He didn't run. He tried to help his friend, and it was him who ended up getting it the worst," the teen's father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Thursday after meeting with police.

The heroic portrait of Sousa and a timeline of the dramatic Christmas Day attack emerged as officials revealed that the tiger's escape from its enclosure may have been aided by walls that were well below the height recommended by the accrediting agency for the nation's zoos."

"I think it could be feasible for a cat that has been taunted or angered," Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo, said Thursday. "I don't think it would ever just do it to do it."

Police have not addressed whether the victims had teased the tiger.

The Dhaliwal brothers have been hostile to police in the current death investigation and were "extremely belligerent" in an earlier encounter with police this year, authorities say.

After the zoo attack, authorities said, the brothers had refused to give their own names, identify the victim or initially give authorities an account of what occurred, reports the Chronicle.

I want their damn cell phones and IMs

12/29/2007 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

At least the two survivors won't be able to hide behind being a juvenile and demand special protection because of their age.

I'd like to know a little bit more about Mom and Pop of Survivors, too. Like where are they from, when did they get here, what do they think about their darling boys having dust-ups with the SF police.

How often do they pray each day? Little details that will let us know exactly what kind of warm and caring human beings and Americans they are.

12/29/2007 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

You gotta give the guy a hand.

12/29/2007 09:39:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Police have not addressed whether the victims had teased the tiger."
What's the holdup, tckurd?
Doesn't bode well for a public showing of their cellphone photos, I'm afraid.

12/29/2007 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yuck, Yuck!
Nothing like Govt Work:
Incompetence just another reason for a promotion.

12/29/2007 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The Tranquilizer Princess

12/29/2007 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Gary Rosen said...

I live in the Bay Area. A couple of nights ago a local TV station inverviewed a neighbor of the survivors/brothers; didn't want her face shown (!). She said they were hell-raisers and it turned out they have been in a couple of scrapes with the police earlier this year.

12/29/2007 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Aussie Cat on Coke

12/30/2007 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger tckurd said...

Doug, who is Mollindeo's tailor? He'd be better off with Omar the Tentmaker as his tailor than whatever polyester princess is current picking his clothes.

Whither the pinecones. [sigh]

12/30/2007 04:50:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

It's a Black-Market Job,
smuggled in from TJ.

12/30/2007 05:52:00 AM  

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