Police: Victim drunk, taunted animal during tiger attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- According to police, one of the two surviving victims of a deadly Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo was drunk and has admitted to taunting the tiger before the cat escaped its enclosure.

The San Francisco Chronicle says a search warrant affidavit contends 19-year-old Paul Dhaliwal (DAH'-lee-wahl) told the father of a teen who was killed that the three were yelling and waving at the tiger while standing on top of the enclosure railing.

Police say the taunting "contributed" to the attack.

Seventeen-year-old Carlos Sousa was fatally mauled.

Toxicology reports show Dhaliwal's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit for driving. His brother and Sousa also had alcohol in their systems, but their levels were within the legal limit.

Their attorney has maintained they did not taunt the animal.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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