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San Francisco Zoo's Siberian Tiger killed one and injured two NRI brothers



Zoo may face heavy fines and could be hit with a huge lawsuit

Dec. 29, 2007

According to Police radio transcripts & Zoo logs:

  • 5:08 p.m: first report of attack- a male bleeding from the head
  • Two men reporting the escaped tiger might be mentally disturbed and "making something up," though one was bleeding from the back of the head.
  • 5:10 p.m.: zoo employees reported that a tiger was loose.
  • 5:13 p.m: the zoo was being evacuated.
  • 5:17 p.m: Zoo personnel have the tiger in sight and are dealing with it
  • 5:20 p.m: The medics found one victim with a large puncture hole to his neck. The officer spotted the tiger sitting down before it fled
  • 5:27 p.m: The officers began firing and killed the Siberian tiger.

Zoo operators may lose its license and could be a huge lawsuit by victoms

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San Francisco Zoo's Siberian Tiger killed one and injured two NRI brothers


San Francisco, California, Dec. 26, 2007
Darshan singh

Carlos Sousa, 17 was killed when a 350-pound Siberian tiger escaped from its pen at the San Francisco Zoo. Two brothers, Amritpal "Paul" Dhaliwal, 19 and his 23-year-old brother Kulbir Dhaliwal, who are NRIs, were also violently attacked by the tiger. Fortunately, the brothers survived are are currently in stable condition while recovering from their injuries at San Francisco General Hospital.a

In a statement from the police, 25-year-old Sunny Dhaliwal said, "We have no comment at this time and his family wanted to speak to the boys and hospital staff before talking publicly about the incident". Sources at the scene gave this account, one brother yelled, and the tiger released him, then grabbed Sousa. At that time, the brothers ran toward the cafe. The tiger caught up to them and again attacked before police fatally shot her.

Dr. William Schecter said he is optimistic the two would make a full recovery, but that they would likely remain hospitalized for days. They should be able to walk out of here.

Sousa Sr. said:

    • I spent Christmas Day searching for my son. I did not know that he had gone to the zoo with his friends.
    • My son and Paul Dhaliwal were close friends and shared a love of music, especially hip-hop. They wanted to write music professionally.
    • My son was trying to distract the tiger and scare it away and he was being brave. I'm proud of him. He liked to protect people. Unfortunately in this moment it was fatal
    • I called Paul the day my son died and said, 'Have you seen my son?' and he said, 'No,'" Sousa Sr. said. "My son looked at him like a brother, so that's one thing that hurt us a lot."
    • I have not spoken with the Dhaliwal brothers since the attack but I have a lot of questions for Paul.

The police interviewed the two brothers, as well as Sousa's father. Their investigation showed that the tiger first attacked the older brother. The zoo's director, Manuel Mollinedo, said officials have not determined how Tatiana, who weighed more than 300 pounds, escaped from her exhibit area and attacked three patrons Tuesday before police shot and killed her.



Carlos Sousa, 17 was killed

Brothers Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal injured


Siberian Zoo Tiger killed one and injured two NRI brothers