This one has a fine picture of the tiger
I have heard that a wild animal expert says that the precautions at the zoo--which included a water moat, surrounded by a high wall--are undoubtably enough to keep the animal secure. He thinks something undisclosed must have happened, or the tiger could not have gotten out.
I am inclined to think some person is responsible, whomever made it possible for the tiger to escape. I certainly don't blame the tiger for following his nature.
I am surprised that the zoo was even open on Christmas Day.
More like Safari...
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that " police found a shoe and blood in an area between the gate and the edge of the animal's 25- to
30-foot-wide moat, raising the possibility that one of the victims dangled a leg or other body part over the edge of the moat."
The spokesperson in this article does not confirm that evidence, but does speak of a shoeprint between the low fence that was supposed to keep the public back and the edge of the enclosure.
spokesperson says in article
If the SF Chronicle was wrong, it's an example of how easily wrong information can get out into the public. I wonder if it was from just one source. Or, if it's true but the spokesman just wouldn't acknowledge it.
This article says that sticks and pinecones were found in where the tigers live, and the only way they would have gotten there was if someone had thrown them at the tigers.article
Going past the barrier fence is like going around a railroad crossing gate--stupid, and sometimes tragic. But, again, the spokesperson is not prepared to say if that happened (though somebody must have done so at some time, to leave the footprint).
I just saw on NBC television news that actions from zoo people delayed the police response. When the police were called and told that a loose animal
had attacked someone, the zoo said there were a couple people who said so, but they were "800" (police code for "mentally distrurbed"). When the
police showed up, the zoo people initially would not let them into the zoo. While the young man who finally died was on the ground, bleeding, the
zoo people were preventing the police from entering to help him!
When finally allowed in, it was the police who stopped the tiger, not the zoo people, even though the zoo was equipped with emergency weapons (e.g. tranquilizer rifles) which were not used.
The zoo officials are now saying that the wall measures a few feet less than the recommended height for a tiger barrier. However, the zoo had its facilities reviewed some years ago by a group that accredits zoos for safety, and the height of the wall was not noted as something that needed improvement.
The truth will out in an inquest. I've not heard any of those reports over here.