There are certain things that I will never do out of respect to nature. For example I will never go shark diving; as much as I am awed by mankind’s ingenuity I think it is foolish to needlessly put it to the test with ones life on the line. The reason I bring this up is because the the truth of what happened this past Christmas at the San Francisco zoo has finally come out.
This past Christmas a news story broke that a Siberian tiger escaped from its pin and mauled 3 teenage boys, killing one. The tiger was later killed by police that arrived on the scene and saw it laying next to one of its victims. The two survivors denied having done anything to provoke the tiger. Reports later came out that the walls of the tiger’s pin were lower than the recommended minimum, thus placing all the blame on the zoo.
However a new story came out today detailing that the teenagers admitted to taunting and yelling at the tiger prior to the mauling. They also admit to having been drinking and smoking pot prior to their visit to the zoo.
There is a bunch that everyone can learn from this tragedy, but most of it can be summed up as “Don’t do stupid stuff.” God gave you a brain, use it!
Quotes from the story bellow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – One of the three victims of San Francisco Zoo tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure, police said in court documents filed Thursday. Paul Dhaliwal, 19, told the father of Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, who was killed, that the three yelled and waved at the tiger but insisted they never threw anything into its pen to provoke the cat, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle
Sousa’s father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Dhaliwal told him the three stood on a 3-foot-tall metal railing a few feet from the edge of the tiger moat. “When they got down they heard a noise in the bushes, and the tiger was jumping out of the bushes on him (Paul Dhaliwal),” the documents said.
Toxicology results for Dhaliwal showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.16—twice the legal limit for driving, according to the affidavit. His 24-year-old brother, Kulbir, and Sousa also had alcohol in their blood but within the legal limit, Matthews wrote.
All three also had marijuana in their systems, Matthews said. Kulbir Dhaliwal told police that the three had smoked pot and each had “a couple shots of vodka” before leaving San Jose for the zoo on Christmas Day, the affidavit said.