SF Asks Tiger Victim to Reimburse City

City aims to recover costs of medical care from any settlement from victim's lawsuit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2009 3:37 AM CST
Paul Dhaliwal, right, his brother, Kulbir, far left, and a third unidentified man, center, leave the funeral of Carlos Sousa Jr. in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – City officials are seeking more than $75,000 in reimbursements from a man mauled by an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo last year, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The man and his brother are suing the city over the Christmas Day 2007 attack. The motion from the city aims to ensure that the man’s unpaid medical costs come out of any settlement.

Kulbir Dhaliwal, 24, and his brother suffered deep cuts and bites from the tiger and spent 4 days in the hospital. Their friend Carlos Sousa Jr., then 17, was killed in the attack. The brothers’ lawsuit accuses the city of negligence and says the men were falsely accused of taunting the 243-pound Siberian tiger before it escaped.