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January 6, 2008 | Tim Reiterman, Steve Chawkins and Carla Hall, Times Staff Writers
It was any zoo's worst nightmare. Shortly after 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo received a call at home: Tigers are on the loose and somebody may have been hurt. "At first I thought it was a practical or sick joke," he recalled in an interview. "But I took it seriously and grabbed my jacket and got in the car and drove to the zoo." Soon, the gravity of the situation became all too clear.
December 29, 2007 | Charles Piller and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Police Department on Friday released dramatic notes from police dispatchers concerning the Christmas Day tiger mauling that killed Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, and seriously injured two men -- revealing new details about the sequence of events. Police Chief Heather Fong said at a news conference outside the zoo grounds that investigators had wrapped up their examination of the zoo grounds and found no evidence that the tiger was intentionally released.
December 27, 2007 | Charles Piller and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
The director of the San Francisco Zoo and the city's police chief said Wednesday that they still didn't know how a tiger managed to escape its enclosure on Christmas Day, mauling a teenager to death and seriously injuring two men. At a news conference just outside the zoo property, Director Manuel Mollinedo said he would bring in outside experts to assess the safety of the outdoor enclosures for lions and tigers.
December 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A tiger that killed four people and mauled two others in the last six weeks was shot to death by police over the weekend, a forestry official in western India said. Officials had said that they would try to trap, tranquilize or drive away the tiger, which had been straying from the Tadoba-Andhari sanctuary in the western state of Maharashtra since mid-October. But after a fourth victim was killed Friday, police sharpshooters killed the animal.
November 20, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The owner of a pit bull faces the possibility of three years in prison after her dog attacked a letter carrier, Orange County prosecutors said Monday. Sheri Moody's dog allegedly jumped into a neighbor's yard on Sept. 4 and knocked the mailman to the ground, causing a large cut to his face and an injury to his left eye, which might require reconstructive surgery. Moody, 54, was charged Monday with one felony count of allowing a vicious animal at large to cause serious bodily injury.
August 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A brown bear killed a tourist camping on an island off Russia's Far East coast and was shot by other campers, local police said. The attack took place on Bolshoi Shantar island, said a police spokeswoman. Bears have come into increasing conflict with humans in remote regions of Russia as their natural habitat has faced growing encroachment from development and tourism.
August 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities said Wednesday that they still do not know exactly what killed the man who died last week at actor Ving Rhames' Brentwood home after being attacked by dogs. Jacob Adams, 40, who cared for Rhames' dogs about two years, was found Saturday on the front lawn of the actor's home. At the time, officials said it was unclear whether Adams died of wounds sustained during the attack or if he had a heart attack or other medical condition that caused his death. Lt.
August 5, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Authorities released the name of the caretaker at the home of actor Ving Rhames whose body was found after a mauling by at least two of the actor's dogs. Jacob Adams, 40, was found about 7:15 a.m. Friday in the frontyard of the home in the 12900 block of San Vicente Boulevard, said Lt. Joe Bale, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. An autopsy to determine the cause of death has yet to be scheduled.
July 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two domesticated elephants rampaged through several villages in northeastern India, killing eight people and injuring five others before being shot dead by police, officials said. Police were searching for the owners and trying to establish what caused the violent behavior. Angry villagers protesting the lack of protection burned a local forestry office. The rampage occurred Wednesday near the border of Assam and Mizoram states, an official in the area said.
June 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who lost his ball in a golf course pond could have lost a limb when an alligator latched on to his arm and pulled him into the water, authorities said in Venice. Bruce Burger, 50, was trying to retrieve his ball from a pond on the sixth hole at the Lake Venice Golf Club despite a sign that said "Beware of Alligator." After the gator grabbed him, Burger struck the reptile with his other arm until it let go. He was not seriously hurt.
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