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Lawyer: Zoo ignored tiger victims' pleas

Jan. 2, 2008 at 6:20 PM   |   Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A lawyer for two brothers mauled by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo said zoo workers ignored their cries for help for about 30 minutes before calling 911.

The Christmas Day attack seriously injured Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, and killed their friend, 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr.

"The whole thing is mind-boggling," attorney Mark Geragos told The San Francisco Chronicle. "They were out there for 30 to 35 minutes and nobody takes them seriously – especially when there was blood. It's incredible."

A zoo spokesman said police had not completed an investigation of the attack, which ended when the tiger was killed.

The big cat reportedly was on the loose more than 45 minutes.

Geragos told the Chronicle the youths had not taunted the animal and had no idea why it attacked them.

Lions and tigers will not be on exhibit when the zoo reopens Thursday, the newspaper said.

The zoo was expected to add a four-to-five foot tempered glass wall to its tiger and lion exhibits to increase the height of the protective barrier to 16 ½ feet, and may install surveillance cameras.

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