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Tiger in Fatal Attack Was Likely Provoked

Written by PETA | February 14, 2011
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A federal inspector determined that a tiger named Tatiana was provoked before she leapt out of her enclosure and attacked three young people—killing one—at the San Francisco Zoo in 2007. The inspector noted in her initial report, “With my knowledge of tiger behavior I cannot imagine a tiger trying to jump out of its enclosure unless it was provoked,” and that the sticks, rock, and other objects that were found in Tatiana’s cage indicated that “someone may have thrown these items into the enclosure at the tigers.”

Her conclusions, originally stricken from the final report, have come to light three years after the fact, but one of the men had previously admitted that the three had been standing on a metal rail, waving and shouting. Animals in zoos are easy targets. Less than a year later, a man was cited for misdemeanor animal taunting for allegedly throwing acorns at a rhinoceros, and another man was cited for disturbing animals when he jumped into the rhino enclosure. Both incidents happened at the same zoo.

PETA filed a complaint with federal authorities after Tatiana was killed in a hail of bullets, and the zoo was assessed a fine of $1,875 for unsafe enclosures.

People who care about animals should refuse to buy a ticket to any zoo, where, in addition to the daily frustration of living in a concrete box, visitors sometimes add insult to the animals’ injury—and get themselves or the animals injured or killed in the process.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Holly Ellenberger says:

    I TRUELY GET SO UPSET WHEN AN ANIMAL IS KILLED BECAUSE SOME HUMAN WAS TEASING AND TAUNTING IT!!! THAT IS JUST CRUEL!! WHAT DO THESE IDIOTS THINK THE CAT IS JUST GOING TO SUBMIT TO THEIR PRANKS???? WOULD THEY LIKE TO BR TREATED THIS WAY AND WHEN THEY HIT BACK SOMEONE SHOOTS AND KILLS THEM???? OH NO HUMANS KILL HUMANS AND STILL LIVE TO TELL THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY!!!! VERY UNFAIR!!!

  • Elaine says:

    Add zoos to the list of attractions that should be totally boycotted. People should watch the videos of the way these animals are treated. The circus, animal shows, aquariums should all be out of business. This is the 21st century people…don’t we know better??

  • lowell says:

    The cat is free now.

  • PETA says:

    Max- If you’ll open the link included in the blog, you’ll find more detail about what federal authorities found in the enclosure. The rock, pine cone, sticks, etc. were determined to be “foreign to the exhibit.” In other words, they did not belong there.

  • Jesse says:

    While I do not promote the taunting of tigers, the zoo is ultimately at fault. Had the enclosure been built to effectively hold a tiger, no one would have been hurt. No one would have been killed, And the San Francisco oo would still have Tatiana.

  • gabo says:

    malditas personas malditos cuidadores de los zologicos en lugar de que los cuiden no aportan para q la gente los maltrate q sentirian si ellos estuvieran dentro de la jaula y se rieran de ellos que les aventaran piedras y palos

  • Rita says:

    Poor Tatiana. I always think about her on Christmas, ever since the Christmas when she died. Poor, beautiful girl. Her death haunts me.

  • Gala says:

    It’s just horrible that the animal was killed due to human idiocy. It wasn’t the animals fault!

  • Adamdabilis says:

    and that’s why i don’t taunt a TIGER… seriously

  • max says:

    oh there were sticks and rocks inside of a tigers cage? OH so the kids must have been throwing those stick and rocks in at the tiger, because we all know that sticks and rock typically are not found in an enclosure that is supposed to mimic the tiger’s natural environment

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I hate zoos. The imprisonment of animals is only one part of why I hate zoos. I hate zoos because of the way they sell, trade, or kill the animals who no longer make a profit. I hate zoos because of the excuses they make for their very exsistance, “conservation” being at the top of the list these days, along with, “how else will people get to see these animals?” There is a show called “Animal Planet.” Stay home, watch the shows, and stop enabling animal prisons to stay in business. I also hate zoos because of the behavior of some of the people who visit them. I saw a home video someone took of a zoo visitor being mauled by a polar bear who tried to pull her between the bars of his enclosure. How did she get that close, you ask? By climbing over every barrier the zoo had installed to separate the visitors from the polar bears (this was also caught on video). Why so close? So she could get a good photo of the polar bear to send to friends back home. This lady, who needed hundreds of stitches, was intereviewed in the hospital by reporters who treated her like a hero. I wish I had been there. I would have advised her, “Next time you decide to do something that stupid, before you start, be sure to pray the Prayer to St. Joseph for a Happy Death.” Other zoo visitors were extremely angry with her. One visitor stated it only takes one incident like that to destroy the animal, the fool that antagonized the animal, and the lives of those who try to rescue the fool from the animal. Anyone who visits a zoo, aquarium, or a show featuring animals doing stupid tricks is the biggest fool of all. Don’t be a fool!!

  • Elizabeth-O says:

    Testing

  • ocean17 says:

    tiger locked in cage. for life. people visit the zoo to gawk at the animals, and as evidenced here to taunt and harrass animal victims. some certain people go a little too far and harass and tease a dangerous “caged” animal, causing the death of one individual. caged tiger, get shot to death in a hail of bullets. something just ain’t right with this picture, this does qualify for animal abuse all the way around. that is so sad. you would think that people would find other less harmful ways and meaningful ways to amuse themselves.

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