The victims of the Christmas Day tiger mauling may have tried to climb into the animal’s enclosure, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police have found a shoe and blood near the cage moat, and a footprint on the fence. “Somebody really agitated her and gave her some method to break out,” the zoo’s director said of Tatiana, the 4-year-old Siberian tiger who was shot and killed after the attack.
Police say there’s no evidence to suggest the three victims were taunting the tiger, but sources tell the Chronicle pine cones found within the enclosure couldn’t have fallen there naturally and were probably thrown. The escaping tiger killed one, injured the others, and then followed their trail of blood for 300 yards, ignoring other zoo patrons.