Is anyone else tired of hearing the victim's family criticize the zoo? There are numerous reports that these idiots taunted the tiger and climbed into the enclosure, provoking the attack. Looks like Darwinism prevailed in this one. I'm sure the families will sue for millions. I hope they get nothing.
Posted by Mitch, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:00 am
Pat, I couldn't agree with you more. I just posted a comment here about an hour ago and I'm disgusted with the family and how they are smiling and laughing in interviews. Makes me sick and I'm 100% for the zoo. My heart goes out to the poor people who have been working around the clock during their holiday (probably away from their families) because of these morons. The other two should thank God everyday they weren't killed as well.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Dec 30, 2007 at 11:14 am
The SF Zoo administration is responsible for the deaths of multiple wild animals, not just a few elephants and Tatiana! You may be able to determine for yourself that the big cheese at the SF Zoo is a complete idiot! He is full of lies and inconsistencies.
CLOSE THE SF ZOO AND PLACE ALL WILD ANIMALS IN SANCTUARIES!
I view the death of Carlos as an educational experience. Thank you Carlos.
Posted by Cat, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm
As we review the facts its just to bad the tiger didn't get all 3. The cat was defending his turf and was provoked. Their actions caused the end result. Review their past run in with the law and we wonder are they not telling the truth. The end result were deserved.
Posted by Hell Hath No Fury, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2008 at 5:08 am
like a tiger scorned. Until man learns to respect the other living creatures on this earth, we get what we deserve.
One of the three victims WAS intoxicated and admitted standing on top of the railing of the big cat enclosure and yelling and waving at the animal that would later maul them -- later kill his friend. This is according to police reports filed in court documents Thursday.
It's about respect. Something we as human beings rarely afford one another, let alone animals.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Vineyard Hills neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2008 at 8:27 am
To Our Members:
We are writing to you in response to the tragic events that occurred this past Christmas Day at the San Francisco Zoo. One of our Siberian tigers – four-year-old Tatiana – escaped from the big cat grotto, resulting in a 17-year-old man’s death and injuries to his two companions. Responding police officers shot and killed Tatiana.
On behalf of the entire Zoo family we want to express our deepest sympathy to the victims and their families. This incident runs counter to everything that the Zoo stands for. The safety of our visitors, staff and our animals has always been our highest priority and will continue to be as we move forward.
Many questions remain about the circumstances surrounding this terrible event and we are committed to finding all of the answers. This incident, while tragic, is rare and isolated.
Our policies and procedures are reviewed in accordance with our accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Nonetheless, we are conducting a full review of our practices. At our request, AZA is convening a panel of zoo experts to inspect our big cat outdoor exhibits. In the meantime, immediate safety enhancements are underway to the grotto enclosures.
We know many of you have been ardent supporters of the Zoo, its mission and its animals. We will need your support even more now and in the days ahead.
Since 1889, the San Francisco Zoo has been dedicated to the education of families and school children who visit our Zoo to foster their understanding of and caring for the world’s wildlife. Even in this challenging time, our mission remains the same and with your help the Zoo will remain a place to educate children and their families in a safe environment and to conserve and protect the animals in our care.
Nick Podell Manuel A. Mollinedo
Chair, San Francisco Zoological Society President and CEO
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Feb 2, 2008 at 10:12 am
As for the Nick 'n Manny pony show...get lost. Take your PR guy with you. Your "spin master" may be the darling of some folks but not all of us are fooled by his verbal slight of hand. A liar is a liar is a liar...
Posted by aaron, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Mar 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm
cholo you need to go into a santuary. then all the dangerous parts of the world can't hurt you. these kids taunted a large animal. they earned the reaction they got. bottom line don't test a tiger. you won't like the response.
Posted by aaron, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Apr 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm
there are ways to do everything. not taunting a tiger is a first step. being aware that it could be dangerous. but also there for education, and entertainment. zoo's have been around for a long time, and shouldn't go anywhere.