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Here's How to Get Back at Your 'Low-Life Ex'

Name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after him/her, says the SF Zoo

(Newser) - There's a tarantula named after John Lennon , an extinct swamp-dweller named after Mick Jagger ... and a cockroach named after that ex you can't stand? Maybe. The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned the chance to "adopt" a Madagascar hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in... More »

Kidnapped Monkey Back in SF Zoo

Returned by man who said he coaxed victim into his backpack

(Newser) - A monkey simian-napped from the San Francisco Zoo was returned by a man who said he coaxed the animal from the bushes at a nearby park into his backpack. The 17-year-old spider monkey, Banana Sam, was "hungry, trembling and thirsty," but healthy, said a zoo worker. He was... More »

Chick Splits Up Gay SF Penguins

(Newser) - A male penguin couple that raised a hatchling at the San Francisco Zoo has been split up by the attentions of the amorous widow Linda, UPI reports. Magellanic penguin Harry was apparently smitten by the lovesick female, and he deserted Pepper, his partner of six years. Linda has "her... More »

SF Asks Tiger Victim to Reimburse City

City aims to recover costs of medical care from any settlement from victim's lawsuit

(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... More »

SF Statue Honors Killer Zoo Tiger

'I felt sorry for the sordid and needless way she died,' man says of Tatiana

(Newser) - A San Francisco artist has commemorated the tiger who fatally mauled a teenager at the city’s zoo last Christmas with a statue, the Chronicle reports. “I wanted to do something to commemorate the life and death of this beautiful creature,” Jon Engdahl, 48, said of Tatiana, who... More »

Tiger Victims File Claims Against San Francisco

Pair requests compensation in wake of Christmas attack at zoo

(Newser) - Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal, the brothers attacked by a tiger Christmas Day at the San Francisco Zoo, filed claims yesterday against the city for damages, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. They are requesting an unspecified amount, claiming they suffered physical and emotional trauma in the attack, which took the life... More »

Report Rips Zoo in Tiger Attack

Facility was understaffed and unprepared for emergency

(Newser) - When a 243-pound tiger escaped its pen and began mauling Christmas Day visitors, the San Francisco Zoo was painfully understaffed and ill-equipped to respond to the emergency, according to a new report. "The zoo is too often chasing problems," concluded the independent Association of Zoos and Aquariums of... More »

Big Cats Are Back at SF Zoo

Lions, tigers return to outdoor grottoes after fatal Christmas attack

(Newser) - Seven tigers and lions are back in their outdoor grottoes at the San Francisco Zoo for the first time since a Siberian tiger killed a man on Christmas Day. The pens got a $1.7 million security upgrade after Tatiana escaped and attacked three people. Officials said the enclosure's front... More »

Tiger Attack Probe Suspended

SF police find no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing by victims

(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... More »

Tiger Attack Survivor Taunted Animal

Brothers deny throwing things, may face misdemeanor charges

(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... More »

911 Calls Reveal Terror of Tiger Attack

"How long does it take?" victim pleads to dispatcher

(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... More »

Near-Escapes Plague SF Zoo

Polar bear, snow leopard nearly got out since fatal mauling

(Newser) - Two animals have nearly escaped from enclosures at the San Francisco Zoo since a fatal mauling Dec. 25, the Chronicle reports. A 600-pound polar bear—whose movements are so unpredictable it's kept away from the zoo's other polar bears—tried to scale an enclosure wall Jan. 3; a 100-pound snow... More »

Emotional Funeral for SF Tiger Victim

Survivor brothers embrace parents of dead teen

(Newser) - Two survivors of a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend yesterday embraced the distraught parents of the fallen teen at his emotional funeral. "There's a lot of anger inside," said a pal of 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., who was laid to... More »

Lawyer: Tiger Area Couldn't Hold a Tabby

Mauled brothers' rep has claws out for San Francisco Zoo

(Newser) - The lawyer for two brothers mauled in the Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo has gone on the attack, the Chronicle reports. Mark Geragos yesterday slammed the zoo's "character assassination" of the brothers, claiming an employee warned the zoo that the moat around the tiger grotto... More »

SF Tiger Attack Survivors Made Silence Pact

Brothers vowed in ambulance not to talk to police, report says

(Newser) - In the ambulance to the hospital just after a tiger mauled 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. to death, paramedics heard Sousa's two friends make a pact of silence about "what we did," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The two brothers, accused by one witness of taunting the tiger before... More »

SF Cops Examine Rock, Branch in Tiger Taunt Probe

Witness reports seeing two victims harassing lions

(Newser) - Police are examining a large rock and tree branch found inside a tiger enclosure at  the San Francisco Zoo to determine if they may have been part of an attack or taunting of the animal that leaped out to kill a teenager last month, reports CNN. A witness reported seeing... More »

Tiger Survivors' Lawyer Ready to Pounce

Hotshot attorney Mark Geragos slams 'deficient' SF Zoo

(Newser) - Two brothers who survived an attack from an escaped tiger at San Francisco Zoo have hired hotshot lawyer Mark Geragos, ABC News reports. Geragos, whose high-profile clients have included Michael Jackson and wife-killer Scott Peterson, seems to be getting ready to give the zoo a mauling with a major lawsuit.... More »

SF Zoo Boss Comes Under Fire

Ignores staff expertise, animal welfare, say workers

(Newser) - The tiger escape that resulted in the death of a teenage boy at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day has unleashed a rash of staff complaints about long-term mismanagement of the institution by director Manuel Mollinedo, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Employees are leaving in droves, animals are dying,... More »

Police Logs Detail Chaotic Response to Escaped Tiger

Skeptical first report slowed response

(Newser) - The first chaotic hour after an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo killed a 17-year-old man on Christmas is revealed in riveting detail in the transcript of the police log released by authorities yesterday. The report shows that zoo employees first thought the injured man who reported the escaped... More »

Tiger Victim Died Trying to Aid Friend

Details emerge on Christmas mauling death, injuries

(Newser) - Carlos Sousa Jr., the 17-year-old killed by the escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas, was not the tiger's first victim, the AP reports, as new details emerge in the mauling. Tatiana, the 350-pound Siberian tiger, first attacked one of his two friends, and Sousa and the friend's... More »

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