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January 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
One of the men mauled in a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo desperately pleaded for help from a 911 dispatcher and begged to know why it was taking so long to get it, according to a recording of the call released Tuesday. The dispatcher told the young man that paramedics could not come to his aid until they could be sure they weren't in danger of being attacked themselves, according to the recording. The 911 call came from either Paul or Kulbir Dhaliwal, the brothers who were attacked along with their friend Carlos Sousa Jr. outside the tiger's enclosure.
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November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Banana Sam, a squirrel monkey who made headlines around the world in 2011 when he was kidnapped from the San Francisco Zoo, died at the age of 19 this week from complications related to heart disease, zoo officials said.  Banana Sam gained international fame after vandals cut two holes in the mesh of his enclosure at the zoo Dec. 30, 2011 and took off with the animal. A $5,000 reward was offered for his return. He was found two days later "shaking, hungry and cold" in a neighborhood near the zoo, officials said.
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January 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The city attorney wants permission to inspect the car and cellphones belonging to the two brothers who survived a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo. Deputy City Atty. James Hannawalt sent a letter Friday to the brothers' lawyer, Mark Geragos about photographs and call logs that were on the phones before the Christmas Day mauling that claimed the life of 17-year-old Carlos Sousa. San Francisco police have the phones, but the brothers, Kulbir and Paul Dhaliwal, have refused to authorize investigators to examine the contents, according to the city attorney's office.
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November 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Banana Sam -- the pint-sized squirrel monkey who gained worldwide fame after intruders plucked him from his San Francisco Zoo exhibit -- has died at 19, officials announced Friday. The 2-pound squirrel monkey was 17 years old when he was snatched overnight Dec. 30, 2011, by vandals who cut two holes into the mesh of the squirrel monkey exhibit. The disappearance of the 1-foot tall monkey transfixed San Francisco, especially after someone started a Twitter profile during the rush to track him down.
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April 25, 1993 | DARA TOM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For years, animals at the San Francisco Zoo lived in a concrete jungle. Bears slept in concrete dens, elephants roamed cement plains, monkeys played on a rocky island--habitats far different from their natural environments. In fact, the situation was so distressing that in 1989, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued a scathing report charging zoo animals had suffered "decades of serious neglect."
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December 12, 2004 | Robert Hollis, Special to The Times
As preparations continue to move the last ailing elephant from the city's zoo, officials say it will be years before visitors see another. The elephant exhibit is scheduled to close once Lulu, a 38-year-old African pachyderm with chronic health problems, is moved to a sanctuary run by the Performing Animal Welfare Society in the Sierra foothills. She is the fourth elephant to die or move this year from the antiquated half-acre exhibit.
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December 23, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
A San Francisco Zoo keeper was severely injured by a Siberian tiger during a public feeding Friday, authorities said. The keeper was in surgery late in the afternoon, according to the zoo's director of animal care, Bob Jenkins, who described her as "conscious and coherent" when she was taken to a hospital. Zoo officials declined to name the woman, a keeper for 10 years. For the feeding, the zoo's three tigers and four lions are led into individual pens in the indoor lion house.
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December 29, 2000 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acting on an anonymous tip early Thursday, San Francisco police recovered two female koalas that had been stolen from the city's zoo the day before and restored them to their ecstatic keepers. Hours later, two teenagers were arrested and charged in the case. Police said the youths, ages 17 and 15, apparently hoped to present the cuddly marsupials to their girlfriends as belated Christmas offerings.
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December 28, 2007 | Charles Piller and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
The director of the San Francisco Zoo said Thursday that he had overstated the height of the sheer wall in the tiger grotto -- and that the tiger that killed a teenage visitor on Christmas Day may have been able to escape over the walls. Manuel Mollinedo said the height of the sheer wall in the tiger grotto was 12 1/2 feet, not 18 feet as he previously stated. Outside experts immediately questioned whether that height was adequate.
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September 13, 2004 | Robert Hollis, Special to The Times
As this city's zoo prepares to send its last two elephants into retirement at a California wild animal sanctuary, a trade group that represents North American zoos and theme parks is threatening to pull the zoo's accreditation. Shortly after zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo decided in June to send the two pachyderms to the sanctuary in the Sierra foothills, the American Zoo and Aquarium Assn.
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May 27, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
The San Francisco Zoo's 3-month-old Sumatran tiger cub finally has a name: Jillian.  Born Feb. 10, the cub now eats solid food and weighs almost 30 pounds. On May 11, at Zoofest, the nonprofit zoo's annual fundraiser, comedian Robin Williams assisted in auctioning off naming rights to the cub. Literary agent Jillian Manus won the naming rights to the cub with a $47,000 donation to the zoo.  “I was going to donate a certain amount of money anyway and my kids started texting me: 'Get the baby tiger,'” says Jillian Manus.
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April 12, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
An 8-week-old female Sumatran tiger cub makes her debut Friday (today) at the San Francisco Zoo .  Visitors are encouraged to “walk softly” (without a big stick) because the cub might hide if she hears a loud noise.  The cub, born Feb. 10, now weighs almost 14 pounds. Her birth and 9 1/2-year-old Leanne's pregnancy was closely watched . The cub's naming rights will be auctioned at a May 11 zoo fundraiser. I asked Corinne MacDonald, the zoo's curator of carnivores and primates, whether Leanne was different with her girl cub. Leanne had three male cubs in 2008.
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November 20, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
A 22-year-old Idaho man has been arrested and charged with two felonies in connection with the apparent bludgeoning death of a Zoo Boise monkey -- a breed known for its tendency to be timid. According to Boise police, suspect Michael J. Watkins had to overcome "several zoo security measures" in the early morning hours Saturday to gain entry first to the zoo and then to the enclosure that held two Patas monkeys, a creature described as the fastest of all primates but also one of the least aggressive.
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September 22, 2012 | By Tina Susman, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 400-pound Siberian tiger named Bachuta soon will be back on display at the Bronx Zoo after a bizarre incident in which a man jumped from the monorail into the tiger den and suffered severe injuries. Zoo workers distracted the cat long enough for the man to escape. Little is known about the man, identified by relatives and friends as David M. Villalobos, 25, of Mahopac, N.Y. He was hospitalized with broken bones and bites suffered during the roughly 10 minutes he was in direct contact with the tiger.
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December 30, 2011 | Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
A hunt is underway in San Francisco to find a 2-pound squirrel monkey that disappeared from the zoo Friday morning after vandals broke into his exhibit. Banana Sam, 17 years old, disappeared overnight after vandals cut two holes in the mesh of the squirrel monkey exhibit. Sam is 1 foot tall and looks harmless but has sharp teeth and "will definitely bite if provoked," San Francisco Zoo officials said in a statement. "He is a valued member of the zoo, and we wish for a safe and speedy return," officials said.
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March 21, 2010 | By Avital Binshtock
WAIKOLOA, HAWAII Lavaman Triathlon and Sports Festival When, where: March 28, starting line at Anaeho'omalu Bay Highlights: Some 1,000 competitors swim 0.93 mile, bike about 24.9 miles, then run 6.2 miles. The annual event also includes the Family Health, Sports and Fitness Expo. Cost: Free for spectators Info: http://www.lavamantriathlon.com SAN FRANCISCO Big Bunny's Spring Fling When, where: March 31-April 4, San Francisco Zoo Highlights: A kid-friendly celebration of all things rabbits, including a "petting patch," plus hare-related storytelling, puppet shows, crafts, games, music, photos with Big Bunny and carrot seeds to take home and plant.
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December 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
San Francisco Zoo officials on Saturday continued to investigate an attack by a 350-pound Siberian tiger that left an experienced animal keeper with a severely injured arm. At least 50 visitors were at the zoo's big cat exhibit, called the Lion House, when the tiger, Tatiana, reached through her cage's iron bars and grabbed the keeper Friday afternoon. The woman was rushed into surgery at San Francisco General Hospital to save her lacerated limb.
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February 17, 2002 | KAREN ALEXANDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Josh Woolley and Courtney Wusthoff were at the San Francisco Zoo for one reason Saturday: sex. And they would not go home disappointed. Now in its 13th year, the zoo's annual series of adults-only sex tours is a perpetual Valentine's Day sellout. The $50 tour includes a narrated trolley car ride through the zoo, a short presentation on sexual evolution, and a pet-the-animals reception complete with champagne and chocolate and Frank Sinatra tunes.
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July 17, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The blogosphere has been buzzing for days over the perky widow who stole the handsome gay guy from his longtime partner. She's been called a "home wrecker" and the sobriquet that rhymes with witch, and lambasted as a wretch "who only lives for her own happiness, no matter who gets hurt." Cherchez la femme notwithstanding, the saga of Linda and Harry and poor, cuckolded Pepper has ignited a fierce debate about whether homosexuality is a choice. Even People magazine has called for details.
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