The penalty for drinking booze, smoking pot, taunting (or having a criminal record) is not death.
I hate to revisit this terrible scene, but the City of San Francisco, and the public relations firm hired by the zoo to paint the kids as bad guys (yes, I know it wasn’t very hard), and now the San Francisco Medical Examiner … keep pointing fingers in all the wrong directions.
Since that terrible day when 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. was killed by an escaped tiger at San Francisco Zoo, and Sousa’s two friends were seriously mauled, the zoo has spent $1.7 million in safety renovations. (The wall surrounding the tiger enclosure was 4 feet lower than recommended industry standards.)
If the tiger cage had originally been secure, as zoo visitors should expect a tiger cage to be, the huge animal would not have been able to escape the cage and kill Sousa.
Zoo animals, most especially large predators, should not be able to escape from their cages … even if someone is trying to provoke them. /Gary