Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Tiger Escapes at San Francisco Zoo & Kills

Tiger Escapes Cage in San Francisco Zoo

Last Edited: Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007, 10:14 PM EST
Created: Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007, 9:42 PM EST


A tiger escaped its cage at the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring two others. 

The tiger was shot, San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Lt. 
Ken Smith said. 

Smith said there were 4 tigers in a caged area of the zoo and one got loose. The tiger made it to the Terrace Cafe, a restaurant in the zoo. It was there the tiger mauled one of the victims. Policed arrived and shot the tiger while it was mauling the victim. 

Two people were injured; one is in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. All 3 victims were visitors to the zoo - not employees.  It's still not clear how the two visitors suffered their injuries. 

The zoo, which had been scheduled to close at 5 p.m. PST, was evacuated.

Officials at first worried that four tigers had escaped, but only one escaped its pen, Smith said.

Police officers and firefighters are continuing their investigation. 

   

Last December, one of the zoo's tigers mauled a zookeeper during a regular public feeding. The 350-pound animal reached through the cage's iron bars and badly lacerated her arm. The zoo's Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation. 


The attack happened in a cafe at the east end of the zoo shortly after the 5 p.m. closing time, the Chronicle reported. The tiger cages are near the center of the zoo.

The zoo was evacuated.

Police officers and firefighters are investigating. Police, fire and zoo officials could not immediately provide details on the attacks to The Associated Press.

Officials at first worried that four tigers had escaped, but only one got out of its pen, Smith said.

Last December, one of the zoo's tigers mauled a zookeeper during a regular public feeding. The 350-pound animal reached through the cage's iron bars and badly lacerated her arm. The zoo's Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation.


SAN FRANCISCO -- One person was killed and two others critically injured Sunday night after a tiger broke loose from its cage and went on a rampage inside a cafe at the San Francisco Zoo.

Authorities said they got a 911 call at 5:17 p.m. reporting that at least one tiger had broken loose from its cage and was prowling the grounds. Heavily armed police officers confronted the tiger inside the Terrace Cafe, killing it as it attacked a man. Three other tigers were found on the grounds and returned to their cages.

San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Ken Smith said at least one man had been killed. A critically injured man who had been mauled in the face was treated by emergency workers inside the cafe. Another iman -- apparently the brother of the other injured man -- was also being treated at San Francisco General Hospital.

The zoo had been open until 5 p.m. for an event at the park's skating rink called the "Reindeer Romp."

Last December, one of the zoo's tigers mauled a zookeeper during a regular public feeding. The 350-pound animal reached through the cage's iron bars and badly lacerated her arm.


25 December 2007

One person was killed and two others injured when a tiger escaped from its cage at the San Francisco Zoo today, police said.
The animal got out just before zoo closing time at 5 p.m.
It fatally mauled a victim at a zoo cafe, police said.
It is not known how the tiger got loose and there were reports three other animals also got out.
All animals have been accounted for, according to Sgt. Neville Gittens.
The conditions of the other victims are unknown.
Fire, police and zoo officials are at the scene investigating.


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