--Randi Kaye, 360 Correspondent
I was working Christmas when we got the breaking news about the tiger escape at the San Francisco Zoo.
As I reported it on the air, I thought about that big cat, which by that time had been shot and killed.
Made me wonder, as I have many times before, about zoos and whether or not they do damage to the psyche of a great big beautiful beast like a tiger.
How many times have you gone to zoos and watched these animals pace back and forth in their cages? It's the same thing with gorillas. I find it painful to watch. It's just not natural.
This is not the first time something like this has happened. The AP's list of recent attacks is below. Would that tiger have behaved differently if he had been allowed to live in his own natural environment.
What do you think?Recent attacks at US Zoos
Source: The Associated PressDec. 25, 2007:
A Siberian tiger named Tatiana escapes from its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, killing one man and mauling two others, before being shot dead.Feb. 24, 2007:
A 140-pound jaguar named Jorge fatally mauls a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo before being fatally shot. Zoo officials said later that zookeeper Ashlee Pfaff had violated the rules by opening the door to the animal's cage.Dec. 22, 2006:
Tatiana reaches through her cage's iron bars and mauls a female zookeeper during a public feeding at the San Francisco Zoo.Dec. 22, 2006:
The National Zoo in Washington is briefly shut down after a clouded leopard bolts from a wire-mesh enclosure. It is found snoozing just outside the exhibit 30 minutes later.Sept. 10, 2005:
Three chimpanzees from Zoo Nebraska are shot and killed after they escape from their enclosure and could not be captured. A padlock on the cage was not completely closed after being cleaned, officials at the zoo in Royal, Neb., said.March 3, 2005:
Two chimpanzees at the Animal Ranch wildlife sanctuary near Bakersfield, Calif., attack a man and his wife, maiming the man, before being shot to death.July 13, 2004:
A state wildlife officer fatally shoots a 600 pound tiger that escaped from the property of former Tarzan actor Steve Sipek in Loxahatchee, Fla.March 18, 2004:
A 340-pound gorilla named Jabari breaks out of its enclosure at the Wilds of Africa exhibit at the Dallas Zoo and goes on a 40-minute rampage through a forest, snatching up a toddler with his teeth and attacking three other people before being shot to death by officers.Oct. 3, 2003:
Illusionist Roy Horn is severely mauled by a tiger during the Siegfried & Roy nightly show at The Mirage casino in Las Vegas, biting him in the neck and dragging him off stage.Sept. 28, 2003:
A 300-pound gorilla named Little Joe escapes from its enclosure at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, attacking a 2-year-old girl and a teen-age zoo employee, before being tranquilized. It was the second time in two months that the animal escaped.