I know a human being was killed. He was a teenager and somebody's son. But boy do I agree with this columnist and radio show host. Bravo!
As soon as I heard the news that a bengal tiger escaped its enclosure at the San Francisco zoo and attacked 3 men, I knew something was very suspicious. Then I heard Jack Hanna (we've all seen him on Leno and Letterman) say such a leap would be "virtually impossible." He said the tiger would have to be provoked to accomplish such an "unbelievable feat."
I don't expect police officers to drive around with animal tranquilizing guns, but it's too bad that one of them didn't try to use a taser. I guess the shock of seeing the 2 young men mauled caused them to react quickly, which was to stop the tiger from harming anyone else. I'm still curious why someone wasn't at the zoo to handle this type of emergency. Maybe that's because usually drunken morons don't hang around the zoo.
Tatiana was already a victim of imprisonment. She had never committed a crime, but was caged and displayed in a world so different from her own. Her instincts taught her to survive by fighting back when threatened. Animal experts say the latest autopsy reports, which indicate she injured her paws and tore up her claws to escape the enclosure, prove her fight or flight instinct went into high gear while 3 intoxicated, stoned idiots threw debris and taunted her. They lied to the police, but blood and urine tests don't lie. They had open bottles of vodka in the car and marijuana. It was probably just a game to them. After all, it was dark, the zoo was closing and they felt like stirring up some trouble.
My prayers and sympathy go out to the parents, but the men were 24, 19 and 17. They weren't children and should have known better. 19 year old Paul Dhaliwal was on probation from an earlier drunk driving incident. His blood alcohol level the night of the attack was twice the legal level, 0.16. Now he wants a lot of money from the San Francisco Zoo for endangerment because that's what his high profile attorney says he deserves. What is happening in our country? You do something foolish and then expect to be rewarded with millions for the consequences of your crime? I remember a very upsetting story where a family dog bit a paperboy who had broken into their house when they were away. The dog was put down for being loyal and protecting his property. The boy's family later sued the dog owner.
I know many people feel badly and think that the trauma of being mauled by a wild beast is punishment enough. Maybe it is. But if they get off scot-free with a hug, the next time they're out partying and raising hell, they might drive head-on into a family. On New Year's Eve an entire family of 5, including a 6 month old baby, was wiped out by one man who was driving drunk. He survived.
For these men, the victim was an animal, so no sympathy goes out to her. Who will be their next victim?