The Deadly Tiger Attack at the San Francisco Zoo Has Sparked Curiosity

“How Did the Tigers Escape?”

Simple Math Exercise May Yield Clues 

Yesterday’s tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo has zoo authorities mystified as to how the big cats could have escaped. The zoo break-out caused the death of one man and two others are critically wounded.

DBKP did the math.

From today’s AP:

The San Francisco Zoo remains closed, at least for one day after the fatal mauling by a tiger. The San Francisco Police consider the zoo a “crime scene” until they can piece together how Tatiana the Siberian tiger was able to escape her enclosure, fatally maul one man and injure two others.

Authorities are mystified as to how the tiger managed to get out of its habitat.

The zoo’s director of animal care and conservation, Robert Jenkins, could not explain how the 300-pound tiger escaped. The tiger’s enclosure is surrounded by a 15-foot-wide moat and 20-foot-high walls, and the big cat did not leave through an open door, he said.

“There was no way out through the door,” Jenkins said. “The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leaped out of the enclosure.”

The man who was mauled to death was found right outside the enclosure. The other two men were found approximately 300 yards away. The tiger had attacked one man and was in the process of attacking him a second time when the authorities shot the tiger dead.

We decided to research how far tigers are known to be able to leap. From the American Museum of Natural History:Read rest of story, see video of how far tigers can leap:

San Fran Zoo Walls 20 Feet Tall; Tigers Can Leap 30 Feet

San Fran Zoo Walls 20 Feet Tall; Tigers Can Leap 30 Feet

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