Saturday, January 19, 2008

More on taunting tigers

The Girls And The Tiger
Originally uploaded by Stephen Newton 47.
Yes, this is just one that I'm not willing to let go.

I was looking for a picture for this post, and I found two that were very appropriate, but neither had the automatic "blog this" button.

One, titled Kid Taunting a Tiger had this for a cutline: "The tigers were kind of chasing and lunging at these two kids that kept running alongside the glass. It was kind of disturbing. They even growled at the kids. "

A the other, Don't taunt the tiger...., the cutline was "This was shortly before he jumped up and thew his body against the glass... "

But those aren't what this post is about. This post is actually about Mike Nizza's piece over at The Lede: Taunting Evidence Intensifies the Tiger Case. Mr. Nizza reports,
Was the tiger taunted? The San Francisco police’s first answer was found in a court document obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle:
“As a result of this investigation, (police believe) that the tiger may have been taunted/agitated by its eventual victims,” [Inspector Valerie Matthews, the lead investigator in the case] wrote in the affidavit. Police believe that “this factor contributed to the tiger escaping from its enclosure and attacking its victims,” she said.

“… This behavior may be consistent with a tiger that has been agitated and/or taunted.”
The evidence apparently includes statements made by Paul Dhaliwal, one of the three young men attacked by the tiger at the zoo on Christmas Day, to the effect that the trio — Paul and his brother Kulbir and a friend, Carlos Sousa Jr. — were “standing on the railing” and “waving their hands and yelling at the tiger” before the attack. The brothers suffered head wounds; Mr. Sousa was killed.
What I find even more fascinating than Mr. Nizza's writing are the 117 comments posted by readers. Do check it out: about half the folks agree with this poster,
Some stoned guys acting inappropriately. This is roughly the same as playing with fire. You already know it can burn you but you stick your finger in it anyway.
The other half blame the zoo. Nobody seems to be blaming Tatiana.

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