By Gary Bogue
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 11:16 am in tiger attack.
No matter what you may think about the two San Jose Dhaliwal brothers whose friend was killed by Titiana the tiger on Christmas Day 2007 … or what those young men may or may not have done in an attempt to provoke the tiger … the fact of the matter is … if the tiger had been confined in an adequate enclosure, she would NEVER have been able to escape from her enclosure and kill somebody … and then be killed herself.
The enclosure obviously was not adequate. The tiger got out. It had walls that were 4 feet lower than the height level recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The end result here was one dead tiger and one dead human.
A public relations firm was hired by the zoo after the attack. The firm seemed to spend a lot of time trying to make the Dhaliwal brothers look bad. According to a story by the San Jose Mercury News the brothers’ attorney also claims a City of San Francisco Police Department threat to file involuntary manslaughter changes against the brothers in the death of their friend, “was a ruse to dissuade them from pursuing action.”
Here’s the entire San Jose Mercury story: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_12476853
I find it interesting that after all of the above scrambling to try and blame everything on the Dhaliwal brothers and their dead friend, the zoo has suddenly decided to pay the brothers $900,000 as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit.
What a fiasco.
Too bad everyone seems to have forgotten about the tiger. Poor Tatiana. /Gary