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    Calgary, Alberta....Siberian Tiger attacks...

    Will people never learn?

    How stupid really, can everyone be?

    Vitali, a Siberian Tiger at the Calgary Zoo thank god, never had to be shot and killed like Tatiana did.

    Vitali, you mauled just as your natural instincts told you, god boy, it served them right!









    CALGARY - Police are trying to figure out why a pair of men scaled two fences at the Calgary Zoo in the dead of night and were attacked by a massive Siberian tiger.

    The arms of one of the men were badly mauled in the encounter, which happened early Monday morning. The other man sustained only minor injuries. The first hint of a problem came about 1:03 a.m., when a two-second glimpse of one of the men was caught on security cameras near the enclosure which houses three of the zoo's tigers.

    The pair had scaled a 2 1/2-metre-high fence topped with barbed wire, which surrounds the property.

    Two fences surround the tiger enclosure. The men hopped the shorter safety fence that keeps people back from the exhibit.

    Only one of the giant cats, a two-year-old male named Vitali, was prowling outside at the time.

    With only a slim wire fence between Vitali and the men, the tiger attacked.

    It was short, but severe.

    The security camera next caught the men as they were helped to a security station around 1:07 a.m. after calling a guard they knew who works nights at the zoo.

    None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, according to the zoo. However, there were reports that said the more seriously injured man could lose an arm.

    A person would have to be pressed up against the fence for the tiger to be able to reach them, since the tiger's claws can't reach far beyond it, said Tim Sinclair-Smith, the zoo's Eurasia curator.

    Dr. Sandie Black, head of the zoo's veterinary services, said it's likely the large cat used both teeth and claws to fight the intruder.

    "Vitali's a carnivore and he has a fairly significant armament at his disposal, very sharp claws," she said.

    "My guess would be the gentleman was hooked by a claw and the arm dragged in and then continued to be attacked from that point."

    The animal was very unsettled when keepers first saw him after the attack, but didn't appear to be injured.

    Keepers don't know "whether Vitali was acting out of aggression or kind of a sense of protecting himself - it's very unusual for him to have to deal with anyone in the middle of the night," Black added.

    Police said Monday morning they had spoken briefly to the less injured man but the extent of the other man's injuries had kept him from being interviewed.

    Criminal charges of break and enter and trespassing were being considered and it's not yet known whether alcohol was involved, said Staff Sgt. Rick Halford.

    There was no indication the men, who are both 27, were acting on behalf of any animal welfare groups, he said.

    Neither police or zoo staff could offer a suggestion of why someone would try to get so close to the predatory animals.

    "It wouldn't be something I would try," said Grahame Newton, a zoo director.

    "I don't think any reasonable person would want to get that close to a potentially dangerous carnivore. They are behind those enclosures for good reason and most definitely I would have to wonder what was going through a person's mind to do something like that."

    Newton said there were four security guards on duty, but they have several responsibilities in the course of a shift, including checking on the animals.

    "We don't know what their intention was," said Newton. "I think it is fair to say that if anybody puts their mind to it, they can breach any kind of security and that certainly seems to be the case here."

    Sinclair-Smith said the tiger was acting instinctively and would remain on display Monday as normal.

    Bill Peters, national director of the Canadian Associations of Zoos and Aquariums said the zoo passed strict accreditation standards including security provisions two years ago. He said they had asked the zoo for more information but weren't yet planning any kind of formal investigation.

    Newton said the zoo will review the incident and see whether changes needed to be made to security measures.

    Vitali was born at the zoo in July 2007 to much fanfare because there are only an estimated 450 of his species left in the wild.

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    If they weren't animal rights activists then maybe they were dealers in rare furs.

    The security camera next caught the men as they were helped to a security station around 1:07 a.m. after calling a guard they knew who works nights at the zoo.
    How covenient that they knew someone who worked at the zoo . . . and how convenient that he happened to be close by when they called for help.

    Just a coincidence? A double coincidence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapunzel View Post
    If they weren't animal rights activists then maybe they were dealers in rare furs.



    How covenient that they knew someone who worked at the zoo . . . and how convenient that he happened to be close by when they called for help.

    Just a coincidence? A double coincidence?
    and what were they doing there in the middle of the night?

    drug dealing gone wrong?

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    Idiots. There lucky to be alive.
    ALOHA!!
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    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming.
    WOO HOO!!, what a ride!!!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by CARLA View Post
    Idiots. There lucky to be alive.
    if kids weren't bad enough, these were adults.

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    thas my home town for ya.

    Rumor has it the guy who lost his arm is going to sue the zoo hahahaha good bloody luck.
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    Re: Calgary, Alberta....Siberian Tiger attacks...

    There are 3 words that should never enter some-one's brain.

    TIGER... FENCE... SCALE..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odie View Post
    Will people never learn?

    How stupid really, can everyone be?

    Vitali, a Siberian Tiger at the Calgary Zoo thank god, never had to be shot and killed like Tatiana did.

    Vitali, you mauled just as your natural instincts told you, god boy, it served them right!









    CALGARY - Police are trying to figure out why a pair of men scaled two fences at the Calgary Zoo in the dead of night and were attacked by a massive Siberian tiger.

    The arms of one of the men were badly mauled in the encounter, which happened early Monday morning. The other man sustained only minor injuries. The first hint of a problem came about 1:03 a.m., when a two-second glimpse of one of the men was caught on security cameras near the enclosure which houses three of the zoo's tigers.

    The pair had scaled a 2 1/2-metre-high fence topped with barbed wire, which surrounds the property.

    Two fences surround the tiger enclosure. The men hopped the shorter safety fence that keeps people back from the exhibit.

    Only one of the giant cats, a two-year-old male named Vitali, was prowling outside at the time.

    With only a slim wire fence between Vitali and the men, the tiger attacked.

    It was short, but severe.

    The security camera next caught the men as they were helped to a security station around 1:07 a.m. after calling a guard they knew who works nights at the zoo.

    None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, according to the zoo. However, there were reports that said the more seriously injured man could lose an arm.

    A person would have to be pressed up against the fence for the tiger to be able to reach them, since the tiger's claws can't reach far beyond it, said Tim Sinclair-Smith, the zoo's Eurasia curator.

    Dr. Sandie Black, head of the zoo's veterinary services, said it's likely the large cat used both teeth and claws to fight the intruder.

    "Vitali's a carnivore and he has a fairly significant armament at his disposal, very sharp claws," she said.

    "My guess would be the gentleman was hooked by a claw and the arm dragged in and then continued to be attacked from that point."

    The animal was very unsettled when keepers first saw him after the attack, but didn't appear to be injured.

    Keepers don't know "whether Vitali was acting out of aggression or kind of a sense of protecting himself - it's very unusual for him to have to deal with anyone in the middle of the night," Black added.

    Police said Monday morning they had spoken briefly to the less injured man but the extent of the other man's injuries had kept him from being interviewed.

    Criminal charges of break and enter and trespassing were being considered and it's not yet known whether alcohol was involved, said Staff Sgt. Rick Halford.

    There was no indication the men, who are both 27, were acting on behalf of any animal welfare groups, he said.

    Neither police or zoo staff could offer a suggestion of why someone would try to get so close to the predatory animals.

    "It wouldn't be something I would try," said Grahame Newton, a zoo director.

    "I don't think any reasonable person would want to get that close to a potentially dangerous carnivore. They are behind those enclosures for good reason and most definitely I would have to wonder what was going through a person's mind to do something like that."

    Newton said there were four security guards on duty, but they have several responsibilities in the course of a shift, including checking on the animals.

    "We don't know what their intention was," said Newton. "I think it is fair to say that if anybody puts their mind to it, they can breach any kind of security and that certainly seems to be the case here."

    Sinclair-Smith said the tiger was acting instinctively and would remain on display Monday as normal.

    Bill Peters, national director of the Canadian Associations of Zoos and Aquariums said the zoo passed strict accreditation standards including security provisions two years ago. He said they had asked the zoo for more information but weren't yet planning any kind of formal investigation.

    Newton said the zoo will review the incident and see whether changes needed to be made to security measures.

    Vitali was born at the zoo in July 2007 to much fanfare because there are only an estimated 450 of his species left in the wild.
    good gawd does this really matter, it's a wild animal, some jack arse's invaded his space he wanted to protect so voila, he attacks. DUH
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    Quote Originally Posted by minks View Post
    good gawd does this really matter, it's a wild animal, some jack arse's invaded his space he wanted to protect so voila, he attacks. DUH
    One of my dogs has the exact same attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minks View Post
    thas my home town for ya.

    Rumor has it the guy who lost his arm is going to sue the zoo hahahaha good bloody luck.
    I know you live there Minks, glad you gave me a new update.



    he's going to sue?



    sue for what?

    2 men being in a zoo in the middle of the night?

    him antagonizing Vitali, the zoo's tiger?




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