Tiger not intentionally let out of grotto
Zoo to reopen Thursday
Tatiana, a Siberian tiger, escaped from her grotto at the San
on Christmas Day killing one man and mauling two others
before authorities shot and killed the apex predator.
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By Ari Burack
December 29, 2007
A police investigation at San Francisco Zoo revealed Friday
that a Siberian tiger was not intentionally let out of its grotto
on Christmas Day, when it killed a visitor and seriously injured
San Francisco police Chief Heather Fong said the Police Department
has completed its investigation on zoo grounds.
She said police wanted to determine whether anyone helped release
the 4-year-old, 350 pound tiger Tatiana, or if there was any criminal
"Our investigation has found absolutely no link to any intentional
release," Fong said.
She added that police are still conducting interviews and the
criminal investigation will be drawing to a close shortly.
Fong and Zoo director Manuel Mollinedo took no questions from
media at a press conference Friday.
Mollinedo said the zoo will reopen Thursday.
Fong has asked anyone who was at the Zoo Christmas Day and has
information on the incident to contact (415) 553-1141 during business
hours or the confidential tip line at (415) 575-4444.
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