911 Calls Reveal Terror of Tiger Attack

"How long does it take?" victim pleads to dispatcher
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2008 6:30 PM CST
Beatris Silva kisses the tomb of her brother Carlos Sousa Jr. at his burial in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. Carlos Sousa Jr. was killed by a Siberian tiger which escaped its enclosure at...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Police today released 911 transcripts related to the recent tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that reveal the terror and frustration of a young man frantic to get help for his injured brother, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "How long does it take?" pleaded Kulbir Dhaliwal. The dispatcher repeatedly tells him that paramedics can't enter the zoo with the tiger still loose.

"How can they wait? My brother's on the ground out here,” responds Dhaliwal, who stayed with his brother and eventually was attacked himself. They both recovered from injuries, but the tiger killed a third youth. Transcripts also show zoo officials initially skeptical. "He's saying he was bitten by an animal, but there is no animal escaped—he could just be crazy," one told the 911 dispatcher.