Tiger Attack at the San Francisco Zoo Has Fueled Rumors and False “Facts”

Two Weeks After the Attack, Facts Still Haven’t All Been Collected

A Collection of Some SF Zoo “Facts” So Far 

Since the deadly Christmas day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo, misconceptions, false rumors, and blaming the victims are being replaced by cold, hard facts.

From the AP:

When questioned by reporters, Mollinedo gave an inaccurate figure for the wall’s height, putting it at 18 feet. Then, two days after the attack, he acknowledged the wall was only 12½ feet – or 4 feet below the recommended national standard.

Instead of calling into the question of the height of the wall, Mollinedo insinuated that the three victims, 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., and his friends, brothers Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, and Paul Dhaliwal, 19, were “somehow” responsible:

At a news conference, Mollinedo suggested “something happened to provoke that tiger to leap out of her exhibit.”

To bolster the “blame the victims’ strategy, the zoo’s newly hired crisis-management specialist, Sam Singer, admitted to furthering a highly inflammatory false rumor, that slingshots had been found. On Tuesday, Singer stated he was just “passing along” the slingshot story.
A police spokesman told The Associated Press last week that investigators quickly dismissed the slingshot allegation as inaccurate.

Mark Geragos, the lawyer for the mauled survivors of the tiger attack, lambasted Singer’s tactics as “an abomination” and threatened to sue for defamation.

What other misconceptions and rumors were published as “facts”?

Read the rest of the story:

SF Zoo Tiger Attack: Officials Perpetuate Myths 


SF Zoo Tiger Attack: Officials Perpetuate Myths

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
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