Thursday, December 27, 2007

Tiger Escape

More details are emerging in the San Fran Chronicle on the possible method of escape of Tatiana, the tiger, from the zoo enclosure.

It is reported that a footprint has been found on a metal fence and police and zoo officials are investigating the possibility that one of the boys dangled an arm or a leg into the pen, allowing the tiger to grip on and climb the 14 ft wall.

The zoo director is quoted as saying:

'Somebody created a situation that really agitated her and gave her some sort of a method to break out. There is no possible way the cat could have made it out of there in a single leap. I would surmise that there was help.'

'A couple of feet dangling over the edge could possibly have done it.'

Pinecones and sticks have also been found in the moat, which should not be there. However, a police sergeant has said that there is no reason to think that the boys were taunting the tiger.

Sadly, the parents of the 17-year-old who died saw the news on TV but had no idea it was their son until the following day.

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