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Parents of teen slain by tiger last Christmas sue San Francisco zoo

By John Woolfolk

Mercury News
Posted: 12/23/2008 02:17:38 PM PST

The parents of a San Jose teenager fatally mauled a year ago by a tiger that escaped its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city and zoological society that own and operate the nearly 80-year-old institution.

Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, died at the zoo on Christmas Day 2007 when a 250-pound Siberian tiger named Tatiana inexplicably escaped its enclosure and attacked him and two friends, who were severely injured.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court, accuses the city and San Francisco Zoological Society of ignoring industry standards and warnings from their own staff that the tiger enclosure was inadequate to contain the animal.

"Siberian tigers are wild animals with a vicious disposition and possess dangerous propensities," the suit said. "Defendants ignore


Added: Dec-23-2008 Occurred On: Dec-23-2008
By: mediaopen1s
Tags: Tiger, SF, San Francisco, Zoo, Horrible Parents
Location: San Francisco, California, United States (load item map)
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