Tiger Attack Survivor Taunted Animal

Brothers deny throwing things, may face misdemeanor charges
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 1:20 PM CST
A police officer examines a tiger enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, in San Francisco following a Christmas Day tiger attack that left one person dead and two others injured....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One of the two brothers who survived a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo told the father of the teen who died that all three had yelled and waved at the animal before the mauling, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The investigation had been inactive, but new police searches of the victims’ car and phones indicate that the men may be charged with taunting, a misdemeanor.

Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal deny throwing anything at the animal. In the affidavit requesting a search warrant, the lead investigator said agitating “contributed to the tiger escaping.” Police found small amounts of marijuana, a partially empty bottle of vodka, and a kit for beating drug tests in the car; the survivors have admitted they smoked and drank that morning.