Friday, January 04, 2008

The lion was bristling, so I just said, "Come on, let’s get out of here."

Mike Nizza at The Lede at the NY Times asks, "Did a group of young men taunt a Siberian tiger before it escaped from its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day and attacked them?"

Of course not. The young men involved in Tatiana's escape are totally blameless. Tigers escape from zoo enclosures on a daily basis. Tigers want nothing more than to escape from their enclosures and attack totally innocent people.

On a non-sarcastic note, Mr. Nizza writes that a witness has indicated that perhaps Tatiana ate the wrong person:
He wasn’t roaring. He wasn’t taunting them. He kept looking at me apologetically like, "I’m sorry, I know we are being stupid."
One lesson from this story we could all learn: Choose your friends wisely.

Of course, the other lesson to learn is Don't taunt the animals, particularly the ones that can eat you.

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