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San Francisco Zoo in new animal escape alert
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Posted on 01/11/2008 4:35:02 PM PST by doug from upland

San Francisco Zoo in new animal escape alert: reports 1 hour ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — A leopard and a polar bear came close to escaping from enclosures at San Francisco Zoo, reports said Friday, less than three weeks after a visitor was mauled to death by a tiger at the facility.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on its website that zookeepers told the paper a female polar bear climbed the wall of its enclosure on January 3 while a snow leopard chewed through a temporary enclosure on Thursday.

The incidents come after the Christmas Day escape of a Siberian Tiger from its enclosure at the zoo. The tiger killed a teenager and mauled two men before being shot dead by police.

Zoo officials initially said they were baffled at how the tiger managed to escape from its enclosure, which was ringed by a moat and a wall.

However they later admitted the protective wall was only 12.5 feet high -- four feet lower than the 16.4 feet recommended as standard for a tiger exhibit by the US Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

San Francisco Zoo officials were not immediately available for comment on the reports Friday.

However a Zoo spokesman quoted by the Chronicle denied the polar bear had been attempting to escape and insisted there had been no risk to the public in either case.

Zoo spokesman Sam Singer confirmed that a 100-pound male snow leopard ripped a four inch hole in a mesh cage on Thursday as a zookeeper attempted to move the animal.

In the other incident involving a wild-born polar bear, the animal had climbed the wall of its exhibit as zoo officials attempted to usher her into a night enclosure.

The bear was forced off the wall with a fire hose. The Chronicle reported that the zoo raised the height of the bear's enclosure the following day after it was found to be lower than recommended guidelines.

However spokesman Singer denied the bear had been attempting to escape, describing the incident as normal wild animal behavior.

"That doesn't sound like an escape attempt at all to me," he told the Chronicle. "Whoever told you that is someone who is manipulative and is using an incident not at all out of the ordinary and blowing it out of proportion ... it's an unfortunate effort to scare the public and press and it's deplorable."

"The polar bear did not try to escape whatsoever."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lionstigersbears; sanfrancisco; sf; sfisazoo; zoo
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1 posted on 01/11/2008 4:35:04 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

It appears that OJ is being returned to his cage.


2 posted on 01/11/2008 4:37:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: doug from upland

Many of these enclosures, except for the primate cages, date back to close to WWII. The tiger pit was built in 1948, and I suspect a lot of other things at the SF Zoo haven’t had many upgrades in the last 60+ years, either.


3 posted on 01/11/2008 4:37:15 PM PST by livius
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To: doug from upland

God almighty,that place is a zoo !


4 posted on 01/11/2008 4:37:44 PM PST by Mears
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Zoo spokesman Sam Singer confirmed that a 100-pound male snow leopard ripped a four inch hole in a mesh cage on Thursday as a zookeeper attempted to move the animal.

In the other incident involving a wild-born polar bear, the animal had climbed the wall of its exhibit as zoo officials attempted to usher her into a night enclosure.

They must have been taunting it. /s

5 posted on 01/11/2008 4:39:32 PM PST by nicmarlo (I hereby declare my support for Duncan Hunter. 1/10/08; late to the party, but I have arrived!)
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To: doug from upland

The news is getting around I see.


6 posted on 01/11/2008 4:39:47 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: doug from upland

They can’t take it any more. I get that feeling - a need to escape - whenever I find myself in San Francisco.


7 posted on 01/11/2008 4:41:51 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: doug from upland

It reads like the critters didn’t want to come inside for the night:’)


8 posted on 01/11/2008 4:42:05 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Balding_Eagle

Yep, the word is out.


9 posted on 01/11/2008 4:42:21 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Hillary Clinton: Cankles, Cackle, and Cuckold.)
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To: doug from upland
They heard about the weight gain and great conditions in Gitmo and are looking to relocate.
10 posted on 01/11/2008 4:43:36 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Liberals want equality of outcome not opportunity.)
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To: doug from upland; Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Sounds like it makes the zoo a whole lot exciting-er.

Can you bring your guns?


11 posted on 01/11/2008 4:44:34 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: doug from upland

The animals know that the Big One is coming!


12 posted on 01/11/2008 4:44:59 PM PST by matthew fuller (Fred Thompson/ John Bolton 2008)
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To: Mears

They need to stop operating on a honor system.


13 posted on 01/11/2008 4:46:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: doug from upland
However spokesman Singer denied the bear had been attempting to escape

How does he know that, did he ask the bear ???

14 posted on 01/11/2008 4:47:43 PM PST by Popman (Gold Standard: Trying to squeeze a 50 lb economy back into a 5 lb bag)
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To: doug from upland
What part of San Fransisco isn't a zoo?
15 posted on 01/11/2008 4:48:58 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: ElkGroveDan
They can’t take it any more. I get that feeling - a need to escape - whenever I find myself in San Francisco.

Well, if you drop your keys on your way out of town, just remember -- Kick then down the road to San Mateo before you bend over to pick them up. :=)

16 posted on 01/11/2008 4:49:10 PM PST by Bob
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To: doug from upland

The cat was not near as dangerous as the tiger and it did not escape or even come close. The polar bear would not likely go on a rampage but might try to kill and eat an animal or human if it got loose and was hungry—it would be looking for a seal but would settle for a dog.


17 posted on 01/11/2008 4:49:49 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: doug from upland

They should put Gavin Newsome in a cage.


18 posted on 01/11/2008 4:50:20 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: doug from upland

The animals were probably watching Fox news and heard the enclosures were 12 ft instead of 18 ft.


19 posted on 01/11/2008 4:53:11 PM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: doug from upland

They should let all the animals out ...


20 posted on 01/11/2008 4:53:34 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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