According to the Associated Press, one of the young men attacked by the tiger at the San Francisco Zoo supposedly told another victim’s father that they were standing atop a railing and yelling and waving at the tiger shortly before the Christmas Day attack.
If that is true, then the two brothers and their friend were completely out of line and may actually have made the tiger angry enough to try and get out of its cage. If authorities can prove that they taunted the tiger and this violates any laws, then they should be prosecuted for same.
However, we must not forget the S.F. Zoo’s own responsibilities in this matter.
Dangerous zoo animals — any zoo animals — should not be able to get out of their cages, regardless of any yelling or taunting.
If the tiger had been properly caged … it would not have been able to escape its enclosure and kill one young man and injure two others.