One of the three victims of a San Francisco Zoo tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure.The zoo certainly has some responsibility in this matter, as the enclosure walls were 4 feet shorter than the recommended height. However, what a way to find out. What kind of people decide to do a few shots, get high, and go yell at tigers at the zoo?
Kulbir Dhaliwal told police that the three had smoked pot and each had "a couple shots of vodka" before leaving San Jose for the zoo on Christmas Day the affidavit said.
Police found a small amount of marijuana in Kulbir Dhaliwal's 2002 BMW, which the victims rode to the zoo, as well as a partially filled bottle of vodka, according to court documents.
The two surviving victims must have known from the start that it was all going to hit the fan eventually, because they immediately hired high profile lawyer Mark Geragos, who began to spin a tale of the boys as victims -- focusing on the fact that they tried to get help for their friend while zoo employees were "dismissive." (Talk about dismissive! How about the fact that the reason their friend lay dying was that they had just been yelling and waving at the tiger?)The brothers have not spoken publicly about this incident. The have however, apparently spoken with the father of the young man who died, Carlos Sousa, Jr. And the father, Carlos Sousa Sr., has spoken publicly:
Sousa's father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Dhaliwal told him the three stood on a 3-foot-tall metal railing a few feet from the edge of the tiger moat. "When they got down they heard a noise in the bushes, and the tiger was jumping out of the bushes on him (Paul Dhaliwal)," the documents said.Police found a partial shoe print that matched Paul Dhaliwal's on top of the railing, Matthews said in the documents.