Catch A Tiger By Its Toe Eeny Meeny Miny Doh!

Authorities still haven’t determined if these guys were taunting the tiger. Regardless it is a tragic event.

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — The last minutes of a 17-year-old boy’s life were spent trying to save his friend from a brutal tiger mauling at the San Francisco Zoo, only to have the animal turn on him, police and family members said.

Carlos Sousa Jr. and his friend’s brother desperately tried to distract the 350-pound Siberian tiger, but the big cat instead came after Sousa.

“He didn’t run. He tried to help his friend, and it was him who ended up getting it the worst,” the teen’s father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Thursday after meeting with police.

The heroic portrait of Sousa and a timeline of the dramatic Christmas Day attack emerged as officials revealed that the tiger’s escape from its enclosure may have been aided by walls that were well below the height recommended by the accrediting agency for the nation’s zoos.

San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel A. Mollinedo acknowledged that the wall around the animal’s pen was just 12½ feet high, after previously saying it was 18 feet. According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the walls around a tiger exhibit should be at least 16.4 feet high.

Mollinedo said it was becoming increasingly clear the tiger leaped or climbed out, perhaps by grabbing onto a ledge. Investigators have ruled out the theory the tiger escaped through a door behind the exhibit.

“She had to have jumped,” he said. “How she was able to jump that high is amazing to me.”

Mollinedo said safety inspectors had examined the wall, built in 1940, and never raised any red flags about its size.

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  1. Kol Ra'ash Gadol December 30, 2007 at 6:03 am

    Um, did we all somehow miss that THE TIGER ESCAPED IT’S PEN?
    Although it’s not much, there should at least be some small consolation to the family that their child’s last moments were trying to save someone else.
    I’m with you Jack, human life trumps here – I am sorry about the tiger, but not so sorry that I wouldn’t have killed it to save any of those kids first if that had been an option.

  2. Anonymous December 29, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Have there been an analysis on the blood of the deceased? Where these persons under the influence? Have they tested the blood of the two survivor’s in the hospital to see if they were also under the influence?

    The animal coincidentally went after those that taunted him?

  3. Jack's Shack December 29, 2007 at 2:09 am

    The only tragedy here is that the tiger was killed.

    Sorry, human life trumps an animal. I am sorry that the tiger had to die.

  4. Bretsuaz December 29, 2007 at 1:29 am

    The only tragedy here is that the tiger was killed. Obviously, these hoodlums were doing something they shouldnt have. Its fairly obvious why they wont cooperate with law enforcement.

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