Hungry big cats are more aggressive.
Thursday, an excellent in-depth KCBS News radio report said Tatiana’s loss of 50 pounds since her arrival at the zoo from Denver two years earlier may have heightened her aggressive behavior.
The report indicated notes in a log by the tiger’s keeper said, “Tatiana frantic for food.”
At the Denver Zoo, where the tiger lived before she was sent to the S.F. Zoo, they fed Tatiana 42 pounds of food a week. They fed her 32-36 pounds a week at the S.F. Zoo.
The KCBS report stated that Tatiana weighed 292 pounds when she arrived from the Denver Zoo in 2005 and just 242 pounds when she was shot and killed by police following the fatal San Francisco attack.
Last year on Dec. 25, after escaping from her grotto, the tiger attacked and killed 17-year-old zoo visitor Carlos Sousa Jr. of San Jose and injured two of his friends.
A year earlier, on Dec. 22, 2006, former zookeeper Lori Komejan had been clawed and bitten by Tatiana during a feeding event and suffered serious injuries.
If Tatiana was “frantic for food” as her keeper wrote … could that have contributed to her Christmas Day attack? What do you think? /Gary
I think you’re DEFINITELY going to want to hear the entire KCBS report on Tatania the tiger:
Photo of Tatiana by Flickr user MumblyJoe used under a Creative Commons license