BNN, DBKP Ran a Story Yesterday about Tigers and their Leaping Abilities

We Received Flak from Commenters on Our Story

Animal “Expert” Jack Hanna said Tigers Leaping the SF Walls “virtually Impossible”

SF Zoo Director Today Says Zoo Wall Only 12.5 Feet High 

Zoo Director Did the Math 

Last night we got some flak from commenters on our story how tigers can leap 30 feet.

We wrote how Tatiana, the Siberian tiger, might of lept over the enclosure fence. At the time the news reported the wall was 20 ft. tall. Tatiana mauled three men, one fatally, at the San Francisco Zoo before authorities shot the tiger dead.

We’re not “experts” in exotic animals so we decided to research how far tigers are known to be able to leap. From the American Museum of Natural History:

No animal fires our imaginations like the tiger — and for good reason. Tigers are the largest of the big cats. They are incredibly powerful predators: Bengal tigers can bring down wild cattle weighing a ton or more. They are as agile as they are strong: tigers can leap more than 30 feet (9 m) in a single bound, climb trees, and swim for miles. And in their forest habitats, they can disappear in an instant, melting soundlessly into the brush. “When you see a tiger,” says Indian biologist Ullas Karanth, “it is always like a dream.” Source – DBKP

We read where Jack Hanna, ‘wildlife’ expert, said it was ‘virtuously’ impossible for a tiger to get out, that someone must of ‘taunted’ the tiger.

Read rest of story:

Killer Tiger at San Francisco Zoo: Wall only 12.5 Feet High


Killer Tiger at San Francisco Zoo: Wall only 12.5 Feet High 

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