Tiger attacks three visitors at San Francisco Zoo

Everyone loves going to the zoo (except, of course, the people who don’t). It’s our way to get up close and personal with a wide variety of beautiful, exotic animals, without any chance of attacks or danger. Well, not so fast.

Yesterday, a Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped from her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo and attacked three people, killing one and seriously injuring the two others. The tiger was shot and killed by police officers, but not before being responsible for the least funny thing to happen on Christmas since the release of The Santa Clause 3.

Investigators haven’t discovered how Tatiana escaped from her enclosure, which is encircled by a 15-foot wide moat and a 20-foot-high wall, but they haven’t ruled out negligence on the part of the zookeepers. This was not the tiger’s first attack of a human– it ate the flesh off a zookeeper’s arm last December during a public feeding demonstration, horrifying a group of zoo patrons. Apparently everyone gets a little temperamental during the holidays.

More coverage here and here.