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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

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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To: cripplecreek

LOL!!


21 posted on 01/11/2008 4:54:05 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: BunnySlippers

That would be too many Democrats turned loose at one time.


22 posted on 01/11/2008 4:55:06 PM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

“What part of San Fransisco isn’t a zoo?”

Well, there is one street...........

oh, never mind : )


23 posted on 01/11/2008 4:57:01 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: doug from upland
What kind of contradictory logic is this?
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."
Uh, Sam, isn't escaping captivity normal wild animal behavior? Say, you wouldn't happen to have a green zoo uniform that you could wear for a photo op, would you Mr. Singer? <offstage voice>Hey, I think I have Baghdad Bob II on the line ... get me a film crew!</offstage voice>
24 posted on 01/11/2008 4:57:27 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: Bob

Actually as I first heard the joke, it was “over the bridge to Oakland.”


25 posted on 01/11/2008 5:00:02 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

They said one of the animals, a wild boar named Nancy escaped and may be as far away as Washington DC.


26 posted on 01/11/2008 5:05:42 PM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative (The RINOs think that have won but we shall see who has the last laugh in '08...)
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To: doug from upland

Quote from the polar bear: “We’re not the ones around here who should be incarcerated!”


27 posted on 01/11/2008 5:15:57 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Fred Thompson's Federalism is right on.)
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To: doug from upland; pandoraou812

Alfred Hitchcock and Tippie Hedron were reportedly seen near the bird exhibit.


28 posted on 01/11/2008 5:16:07 PM PST by TigersEye (Crusty is as Crusty does.)
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To: doug from upland

Word got out on how to escape and the animals are laying low waiting for that chance for freedom. They are all going to escape at once. They know that if they all spring at once, the zoo people won’t be able to get them all back in their cells. Some will get caught but some will make it to freedom.


29 posted on 01/11/2008 5:19:39 PM PST by skimask (Support Terrorism......Vote Democratic)
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To: doug from upland; Lijahsbubbe

Dr. Dolittle is claiming that the animals got wind of a zoo-wide gay penguin type experiment and chose to flee Sodom before it was too late.


30 posted on 01/11/2008 5:20:42 PM PST by Ezekiel
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To: doug from upland

Ah, the word’s gotten out among the inmates that the facility has been deemed vulnerable & not escape-proof. Yup, soon the SF Zoo will be the Alcatraz of the nation’s zoos holding the zebras!


31 posted on 01/11/2008 5:24:16 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: doug from upland

The animals are sensing P-Waves!

San Fran is DDDddOOOOooooOOOMED.

 

 

Possible enough. 


32 posted on 01/11/2008 5:27:26 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: doug from upland
Bush's fault.

No...wait...it's actually Global Warming Syndrome that made them want to try and jump. If it were colder, they wouldn't have tried it.

33 posted on 01/11/2008 5:29:12 PM PST by NordP (Such tough choices ahead, I'm now a "middle of the road" voter--somewhere between RUSH & Savage ;-))
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To: TigersEye

rofllllllll, where is you know who? I am shocked he isn’t here yet!


34 posted on 01/11/2008 5:41:08 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: pandoraou812

Relax folks, it’s just Mark Gerago’s media connections.


35 posted on 01/11/2008 5:59:24 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: doug from upland

Probably headed to the suburbs where the housing’s cheaper.


36 posted on 01/11/2008 6:00:06 PM PST by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: Popman
"However spokesman Singer denied the bear had been attempting to escape How does he know that, did he ask the bear ???"

Well, before they shot that tiger, they ordered it to "halt". They probably had the bear's attorney issue a press release denying any intention to escape.

37 posted on 01/11/2008 6:20:55 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: doug from upland
A snow leopard tried to escape and the root cause was Global Warming!

Once again we can lay this incident at President Bush's feet!

38 posted on 01/11/2008 6:51:59 PM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: doug from upland

What is going on here? Do they not feed these animals or something?


39 posted on 01/11/2008 7:17:38 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: BfloGuy
Probably headed to the suburbs where the housing’s cheaper.

Looking for the security of a walled and gated community?

40 posted on 01/11/2008 8:18:41 PM PST by TigersEye (Crusty is as Crusty does.)
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To: doug from upland; Ezekiel

They tell me it’s all happenin’ at the zoo.


41 posted on 01/11/2008 10:10:36 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: doug from upland
"The bear was forced off the wall with a fire hose"

That'll just piss her off.

42 posted on 01/11/2008 10:13:43 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: doug from upland

About 4 years ago, some primates decided to visit the monkeys at the L.A. zoo. They brought refreshments (beer) and cigarettes and lighters. Those monkeys just sat there drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. Those primates got kicked out of there.


43 posted on 01/11/2008 10:47:00 PM PST by BobS
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