Tiger Attack Probe Suspended

SF police find no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing by victims
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2008 10:32 AM CST
Sean Field Connolly, deputy city attorney for the city of San Francisco, appears during a news conference after a court hearing in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008. The court hearing was about...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The investigation into last month's attack at the San Francisco Zoo has found no conclusive evidence that the victims committed a crime in taunting Tatiana the tiger, and police have suspended the case, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The probe had been focusing on cell phone records and car contents of Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal, friends of the boy who was killed by Tatiana.

Although the Dhaliwal brothers admit that they and Carlos Sousa Jr. had been shouting at the tiger while standing on a railing, they deny throwing anything at the animal. A zoo spokesman maintains that "something highly unusual happened that provoked Tatiana," but "pending new witnesses being interviewed and/or new evidence being produced," the police say they will not be discovering what that provocation might have been.