Archives for 2006

SF Tiger Attack

I am currently unavailable for comment due to the holidays but thought you might want to see some photos and comments on the recent tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo Lion House.

A tiger attack on a zoo keeper at the San Francisco Zoo occurred in the historic lion house. A flash back to the past, this zoo continues an old exhibition tradition surrounding the feeding of the big cats.

Sometime back on a visit to the San Francisco Zoo I was called upon to take a look at Tony the tiger (for stereotypic behavior) and was invited to witness the behavior during feeding time. Staff on hand maintained an old circus like showmanship approach to the feeding and crowds clammered to get a look a the fierce beasts.

If you take a look at the photos here you can see that a cat could get his or her paws out of the enclosure and grab someone standing within range. Big cats exhibit fierce possessive behavior during feeding time sometimes grabbing at anything within range.

These are close ups and more photos of the San Francisco Lion House can be accessed here.

San Francisco Lion House

A few of the incident articles:
KCBS Reports Tiger Attack at San Francisco Zoo Lion House

CBS Report: Tiger Attack

San Francisco Zoo Tiger Attack

Leaders of the Pack

New services for animals pop up daily, I remember when I was testing new ideas in the early 90’s and people were not really open to pet insurance, day care and now those service lead the pack in trends for pet owners. I came across two articles that I thought you’d be interested in seeing. The first concerns how Japan is embracing senior animal care for elderly pets while the second touches on the same topic with a focus on pet acupuncture. (You can also find pet acupuncture in my Unusual Animal Career series at