Zoo: Blood inside tiger fence

Blood found inside the fenced-in area overlooking the tiger moat is one piece of evidence investigators are examining in the San Francisco Zoo tiger mauling that killed one San Jose teenager and injured two of his friends on Christmas Day, a zoo spokesperson said Thursday. Take our poll: Whose story do you believe?

The Police Department cut down a sign inside the spectator fence at the tiger exhibit that had blood on it and took it back for investigation, said Sam Singer, a media relations specialist hired by the zoo, citing eyewitness accounts from another zoo official.

Singer said he was also told by the zoo official that there was a large amount of blood on the ground near the sign, although he did not know if it was human blood.

Singer wouldn't speculate if the blood indicated that any of the three San Jose men attacked by the tiger — Carlos Sousa Jr., Kulbir Dhaliwal or Paul Dhaliwal — illegally crossed the fence, but he did say the evidence, “creates a broader picture of what happened on Christmas Day.”

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said police did not release information Thursday about blood being found on the ground.

If blood was found inside the fence, it would be another turn in a case that has pitted the Sousa and Dhaliwal families against zoo and city officials.

On Tuesday, The City released tapes that revealed Kulbir Dhaliwal frantically begged a 911 operator for help during the attack, while emergency personnel and zoo employees questioned his claims that a tiger was on the loose.

On Wednesday, the police received a warrant to search the Dhaliwals’ car and cell phones.

The attorneys for the Dhaliwal brothers could not be reached for comment. 

wreisman@examiner.com

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