If you’ve read my blog in the past, you probably know that I’m a huge supporter of the San Francisco Zoo. In fact, I was just there this last weekend doing some volunteer work. I even spent two years working at the Zoo several years before I found my calling helping people navigate the San Francisco real estate market. The tigers were some of my favorite animals there. In the mornings, before the public got to the Zoo, I’d walk around the grounds, and I’d always take some time to watch the tigers wake up and do their morning stretches.
So it broke my heart to hear about the tragedy that happened at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day. I’ll skip the details that are rehashed in articles plastered all over the media, you can “google” those yourself if you’d like. In a nutshell, somehow, Tatiana, one of the Zoo’s Siberian Tigers, escaped from her exhibit and killed one person and injured two.
I’ll save my commentary – I find it hard to believe that there wasn’t some human involvement in the incident, but can’t speculate as to what might have actually happened. Instead, I’ll just post the statement published by the San Francisco Zoo. But before I do, I’d like to give my condolences to the family of the young man that was killed. I’d also like to give my condolences to everyone whose lives Tatiana touched at the San Francisco Zoo. I know the zookeepers and staff at the San Francisco Zoo are going through a tough time right now accepting and understanding what took place. My thoughts are with everyone who was affected by this tragedy.
Now here’s the official statement from the San Francisco Zoo.
San Francisco Zoo Statement Regarding December 25, 2007 Incident
The San Francisco Zoo wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victim killed in the December 25, 2007 incident involving a Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo. Our thoughts are also with the two people injured and we wish them a full recovery.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday December 25, 2007, the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Fire Department responded to an incident involving a Siberian tiger and San Francisco Zoo guests. One guest was killed and two others were injured. The situation required that the tiger be killed. There is an ongoing police investigation, and the Zoo will also mount its own internal investigation.
Zoo Director Manuel A. Mollinedo wants to commend and express deep gratitude to the individuals involved in yesterdayâ€™s activities, including the staff and respondents from the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments.
The Zoo is closed today, December 26, 2007, while the investigation continues. We anticipate that the Zoo will reopen tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information please visit sfzoo.org.