Zoo's response to tiger attack detailed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A report on the Christmas Day tiger attacks at the San Francisco Zoo praises the zoo's overall response, but says workers should have believed two brothers who said a tiger was loose and had mauled their friend.

The report by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums criticizes the zoo's security supervisor for doubting the brothers. The report says the supervisor didn't believe their story because they were "behaving erratically" and were "possibly intoxicated."

By that time, a 250-pound Siberian tiger had already killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa and was roaming the zoo grounds. The tiger was later shot dead by police.

The report also finds that the zoo was understaffed because of the holiday.

The zoo released excerpts of the report. The full document is confidential between the organization and the zoo.

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


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