Friday, January 28, 2005

Stupidity Kills The Tiger?

Cyber, a 5 year old Siberian tiger may be killed at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, SD because of an idiot. The man climbed past two sets of barriers, then stuck his hand into the 12 foot fence at the tiger enclosure. What happened next? The one of the tigers bit him. Who could have guessed? I suppose he will be suing the zoo for failing to post signs saying tigers are dangerous. The man's injuries? His finger was bleeding and needed a few stitches. He turned down an offer to call EMS for him.

There are only an estimated 800 Siberian tigers left in the world (up from ~30 in the 1940s), and this one may be killed so it can be tested for rabies. Cyber, who is the father of two cubs born last May, is at the Sioux Falls zoo on loan as part of a breeding program to try to save the species.


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