911 calls released after Jungle Island tiger escape
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Wed Sep 22, 2010
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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police have released the calls for help after a tiger gets loose at a South Florida attraction.
Miami Police released the 911 calls Wednesday afternoon, after a tiger and an ape escaped from their enclosures on Aug. 28th and caused a public panic.
Caller: "He just jumped out."
911 Dispatcher: "He jumped out?"
Caller: "He jumped out."
911 Dispatcher: "Do you know which way he went?"
Caller: "No, I don't know."
According to witnesses, the ordeal began when a monkey escaped its enclosure at the park and went into the tigers' exhibit. Officials said a mechanical problem and human error by an employee led to the escape of the monkey.
Caller: "I think it's very dangerous, because the tiger is wandering here with people with kids, and they have us here waiting for them to catch the tiger. This is an extremely dangerous situation."
Caller: "No one seems to have control of the situation over here."
Several guests escaped, but one caller describes hiding in the bathroom.
911 Dispatcher: "OK, so you're in the males' bathroom?"
Caller: "Yes, I'm in the bathroom with the males."
Another caller is heard expressing concern for the safety of the children at the park.
911 Dispatcher: "The police is coming."
Caller: "And tell them that we are all here at the back, and people are getting very nervous."
The president of Jungle Island has been charged with two misdemeanors in the tiger escape. The owner of the tiger was also charged.