Thursday, January 3, 2008

Zoo Reopens

The zoo reopened today to the dismay of the mother of the 17-year-old boy who was mauled to death by the tiger.

The mother said on a KTVU broadcast that she felt the reopening showed a lack of respect for her son, Carlos Sousa Jr. The zoo, it seems, is concerned about loss of income.

Meanwhile, a visitor to the zoo on Christmas Day has told the San Fran Chronicle that she saw the brothers who were injured in the attack taunting a lion. She also thought there were four young men in the group, not three, and added that Carlos was not one of those roaring at the lion.

Police, however, have been unable to confirm if the tiger was taunted or if there were four people.

The Lion House will remain closed and the zoo plan to build a reinforced-glass wall above the moat which will raise the height of the wall to 19 feet. They are also installing an improved public address system and new signs forbidding animal harassment.

Visitors to the zoo are continuing to support a memorial to both Carlos and Tatiana, the tiger.
They are laying flowers, cards and photos of the tiger beside a bronze sculpture of a tiger at the zoo's entrance.

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