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Archive for Friday, January 4, 2008

Zoo reopens with safety improvements

January 4, 2008

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— Nine days after a tiger mauled three visitors, the San Francisco Zoo reopened Thursday with safety improvements and more signs warning people not to pester animals such as the 350-pound Siberian tiger that killed a teenager.

The zoo's big-cat enclosure will remain closed indefinitely, but many visitors on Thursday said they wanted to show their support for the facility.

Zoo spokesman Paul Garcia said the zoo is installing a public-alert system that would broadcast an alarm to notify zoo staff of any emergency. Employees could then use portable speakers to give instructions to visitors.

The improvements were made as police investigated whether the tiger's victims had taunted the animal before it climbed or leaped out of its outdoor pen. Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, was killed, and his two friends were severely injured.

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