SF Zoo Probes Deadly Tiger Attack

Investigation focuses on animal's escape route over wall, moat
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2007 11:35 AM CST
San Francisco Zoo animal keeper Barbara Palmer, left, feeds Tatiana, a Siberian tiger in this Sept. 7, 2007 file photo in San Francisco. A tiger escaped its cage at the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday Dec....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Investigators are attempting to figure out how a 350-pound Siberian tiger escaped her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo yesterday, crossing a 15-foot moat and scaling a 20-foot wall. The tiger, Tatiana, killed a man and severely mauled two others before being shot and killed by police. The surviving victims are listed in critical but stable condition.

It was the animal's second violent incident; she mauled a zookeeper last year. After that attack, Tatiana's enclosure was renovated to correct design concerns cited by state safety officials. A zoo trainer told ABC News yesterday's attack "likely had little to do with hunger" and emphasized that "when they're working with wild animals, they're very hard to control."