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Zoo Closed as Deadly Mauling Probed - THIS IS WHY THEY SHOULDN"T BE IN CAPTIVITY!

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SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 26) -- The San Francisco Zoo was closed to visitors Wednesday as investigators tried to determine how a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked three visitors, killing one of the men and mauling two others.


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Tia h (67)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 2:16 pm
If these wild animals were left in the wild, and caged this would not happen. poor tigers!

June Rice (125)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 2:53 pm
The San Francisco medical examiner had not been able to identify the dead man, investigator Tim Hellman said Wednesday. The man did not have any identification and no one had called asking about him, according to Hellman.

The zoo's director of animal care and conservation, Robert Jenkins, could not explain how the 300-pound tiger escaped. The tiger's enclosure is surrounded by a 15-foot-wide moat and 20-foot-high walls, and the big cat did not leave through an open door, he said.

"There was no way out through the door," Jenkins said. "The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leaped out of the enclosure."

Jack Hanna, the director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and a frequent guest on nationally televised talk shows, predicted that other U.S. zoos would reassess their tiger enclosures if it turns out the tiger was able to leap out.

"This is a first in this country," Hanna said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "I've never heard of an individual (zoo visitor) being killed by an animal..."


Melanie Kozik (16)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 4:30 pm

Well...the very sad TRUTH is that if there were none IN captivity - there would be NONE left.


Margaret Trainor (61)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 4:37 pm
Melanie you are absolutely correct ...

Bettie Blecke (5)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 4:43 pm
Melanie, when I saw this on TV, my first statement was "why do have them locked up in the 1st place". Your point is very well taken and you are correct. Man will continue to destroy everything on this earth including man!

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 5:33 pm
Yes if we didn't have breeding programs of captive tigers, soon we'd have none on Earth at all. But instead of using them as entertainment, they should be kept in much larger areas so they can live as naturally as possible, and not be exposed to the stressors of zoo life. Cats can and do make some eye opening jumps. Ii've seen my own domestic cats make leaps I thought were beyond them. But some say human error might be involved in the escape. The one unidentified person killed was a 17 year old guy. They say those in the hospital are going to make it, but at what expense is unknown...(especially emotional trauma)
Now do they assume if a tiger gets a taste of human flesh it will try for it again??? They questioned why the xoo staff hadn't tranqualized the cat, but they say the police got there before they realized the cat had escaped.
Bettie, the human race is Not a 'keystone species' and the Earth would not suffer if we were extinct, in fact it would flourish. It is our holier than thou attitude towards other species that will probably do us in, we will destroy enough keystone species and the whole ecological system will collapse.

TV just said they still can't figure out how the cat ( Carlos Sousa Jr of San Jose was the young man killed, his friends are in stable condition.) got out They think either the tiger was taunted or was let out!! Time will tell. Sad loss of a beautiful tiger and suffering for two humans and death for another.

Ceci M (80)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 8:14 pm
Friends, all I am saying is that all these people that work with these animals know that unlike most people think, they become more aggressive, not more passive, when in captivity. If the money put into these zoos and all the money people pay to see them was instead concentrated on protecting their lands and the animals, we wouldn't be worried about them going extinct. They'd have plenty of room, not development, and there would be enough money for their protection. This should never have happened, and living not too far from a huge zoo (Miami Metro) that has tigers in the same type of enclosure, I honestly cannot imagine how it did happen.

Michelle Smith (16)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 8:24 pm
I saw this on the news this morning and I had to change the channel. Of course when I changed it, it went right to the same news story on another channel. They showed the tiger in the background, lying dead. It made me so mad, sad, frustrated...just plain emotional. It is true that this is an example of why these beautiful, strong animals belong in their natural habitat, not a zoo to live their lives out as a spectacle and amusement to others for profit. I feel bad that people died in this case, I truly do, I feel even worse for the tiger.

Jennifer a (5)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 8:35 pm
I sympathize for the murder of the tiger at SF zoo and chinese Zoo. These poor creatures will intensely decrease either way..because of population, developing nations, for the use of chinese medicine, and madness from captivity. May those beings travel well and be reborn. The tigers are speechless, therefore they have no rights. What are we going to do about our dying eco system. I dread the day where they are only seen in museums!

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 9:26 pm
Michelle, I'm glad I did not see the body of the tiger, that would have been too much. I'm so very tired of seeing the bodies of other species who, due to being either held in captivity, or have their territory so encroached on by humans that they are forced to seek food within the human community and then are shot for being "aggressive and pests" and then displayed proudly by the humans who murdered them on TV for all to see. Gosh we can all sleep better at night, knowing we have these vigilantes keeping these blood thirsty creatures at bay.

Ceci M (80)
Thursday December 27, 2007, 12:27 pm
The info in this update may just help us see this situation even more clearly:
Who's fault do these things always turn out to be, the animal in captivity, or the humans that put them there?

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Thursday December 27, 2007, 12:31 pm
I am heart broken. Unfortunately there was a news break this morning (thurs) and they were displaying the Tiger's body. If it comes to pass this cat was taunted (Ie tormented) and was just reacting or was enabled to get out of the becomes even more tragic!!

Sammantha L (126)
Thursday December 27, 2007, 1:46 pm
A beautiful, rare tiger is dead for some ignorant person's behavior.

Annie J (205)
Thursday December 27, 2007, 2:52 pm
Poor Tatiana was born and died in a zoo, I can't think of something more depressing.
The thing is, the current "captive breeding" programs are doing nothing to help the wild population, all they accomplish is stocking the zoos with their money makers. We have to address the problems where they live in their NATURAL habitats, zos are far from natural.

Ceci M (80)
Friday December 28, 2007, 11:05 am
Thank you BigCatRescue, that's what I've been saying all along. Big cats in captivity = disaster and death. Any wild animal in captivity just shouldn't be there, And the billions of dollars generated by these places would be much better off being used to protect the animals' wild domains, there's really no excuse.

Monday January 5, 2009, 1:19 am
I agree with what you said, TIA, the zoos has to be closed and the poor wild animals let free in their habitat

Anita Doglioni Majer (0)
Saturday May 29, 2010, 7:02 pm
poor tigers but at least the zoo is closed and they will be hopefully set free!

Andrew Butt (84)
Friday October 15, 2010, 8:29 am
I am afraid I agree somewhat with Melanie, I do not agree with captivity but with the amount of tigers and their habitat being destroyed all the time, the tigers in zoos maybe all we have left. We first need to concentrate on saving the wild populations of tigers and stop destroying their natural habitat before we think about releasing captive tigers that will be in the firing line from poaching.

Regina P (67)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 8:56 am
This was a tragic situation. The guy that egged this on should be shot

Adina Moc (0)
Saturday June 18, 2011, 10:01 am
If ppl wont visit zoo's...then wont be zoo's anymore.
Natural reservation is the solution..not captivity. I wonder if those ppl who are ok with zoo's will be feeling good in the same thing.

Stacy M. (0)
Sunday August 21, 2011, 3:52 pm
I feel that any animal wild or tame cannot speak as humans and they feel the need to attack if they feel threatened just like we would if someone would be pushing us around. we in turn would also retaliate against that is in the human and animal nature to have a self defense among us. Animals that are taken from their own habitats and way of life are going to naturally feel threatened and therefore they will attack. The best way to keep this from happening is let the wild live and do their thing in life that the lord has put them here to do until man interrupts this for the meaning of money.

Angie V (41)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 12:53 pm
I don't know what to say.

Genoveva M (328)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 10:29 am
Well they find what there were looking for, so they shouldn't complain.

Connie Palladini (106)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 12:34 pm
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