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Most Wednesday and Saturdays are card night and a movie, here at the house. I promised my friends that I would post tonights results…still reigning Card Champion of the World as we know it on 40th drive….ME!

Snacks for the championship game were jelly beans left over from Easter, burittos, and kettle popcorn.

The beverages included green tea, Merlot Wine and lemon/lime soda mixed with diet black cherry soda.

A good time was had by all even the LOSERS!

BUT, it would not surprise me if we all got stomach aches and bad dreams tonight.

The movie tonight was “The Cat in The HAT” with Mike “the insane” Myers.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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SAN FRANCISCO, California, the two brothers who survived a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers’ attorney said Tuesday.

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Tatiana, a 350 pound Siberian tiger, killed one young man and injured two others before being killed.

A zoo spokesman called the claim “unreliable.”
Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, tried to get help for their friend, Carlos Sousa Jr., after unsuccessful attempts to stop a 350 pound Siberian tiger that had attacked Sousa on Christmas Day, attorney Mark Geragos said.

According to Geragos, the tiger initially attacked Sousa and Paul Dhaliwal about 4:30 p.m. While Sousa was seriously hurt, Paul Dhaliwal escaped, and he and his brother ran 300 yards to a zoo cafe where they had eaten earlier.

But Geragos said the brothers were “denied entry” to the cafe because the zoo was closing. At that point the brothers lost sight of the tiger.

The brothers then spotted a female security guard who appeared “diffident” when told of the escaped tiger, Geragos said.

“Who knows what would have happened if the guard had acted earlier?” Geragos said. “But Carlos would have stood a better chance of not dying. And maybe the police would not have shot the tiger as well.”

Parents of dead teen: “It’s hard to believe” After the brothers talked with the security guard, Geragos said, the tiger returned and attacked Kulbir Dhaliwal before police officers arrived and shot and killed the animal.

Zoo spokesman Sam Singer dismissed Geragos’ claims and noted that the San Francisco police have not even finished their investigation.

“I never speculate on defense attorney hypotheses,” Singer said late Tuesday in a phone interview.

According to police dispatch logs from the day of the attack, someone inside the cafe called 911 at 5:07 p.m. It is unclear when the brothers tried to notify people in the cafe about the attack.

The dispatch logs also show that zoo employees initially questioned whether early reports of the attack were coming from a mentally unstable person.

By 5:10 p.m. zoo employees reported that a tiger was loose, and by 5:13 p.m., the zoo was being evacuated and locked down.

For several minutes, the medics refused to enter the zoo until it had been secured. Meanwhile, zookeepers believed several tigers were loose, and hoped to tranquilize them.

“Zoo personnel have the tiger in sight and are dealing with it,” reads a 5:17 p.m. note on the transcript.

By 5:20 p.m., medics had located one victim, presumably Sousa, with a large puncture wound to his neck. The tiger was still loose.

As medics attended to the victim, an officer spotted the tiger sitting down before it fled and began attacking another victim, according to the logs.

At 5:27 p.m., less than 20 minutes after the initial reports, the officers killed the tiger.

Zoo officials say the tiger likely climbed over the wall of its enclosure, which was about 4 feet below the recommended minimum for U.S. zoos.
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Well, it looks like the ZOO has some serious reports against them…I imagine it is all going to boil down to how the Tigress got out…and was the security fortress enough….where rules broken by not having more and a higher enclosure, per regulations.

It seems there are only two witnesses, and they are the survivors.

I can not imaginge having a 300 pound tiger attack me, going for my throat. Which would be her primal instinct.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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In SAN FRANCISCO, The big cat exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo was cordoned off as a crime scene Wednesday as investigators tried to determine whether a 300 pound Siberian tiger that killed a visitor escaped from its high walled pen on its own or got help from someone, inadvertent or otherwise.

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Police shot the animal to death after a Christmas Day rampage that began when the tiger escaped from an enclosure surrounded by what zoo officials said are an 18 foot wall and a 20 foot moat. Two brothers who also were visiting the zoo were severely mauled.

Police Chief Heather Fong said the department has opened a criminal investigation to “determine if there was human involvement in the tiger getting out or if the tiger was able to get out on its own.”

Police said they have not ruled anything out, including whether the escape was the result of carelessness or a deliberate act.

Fong said officers were gathering evidence from the tiger’s enclosure as well as accounts from witnesses and others.

One zoo official insisted the tiger did not get out through an open door and must have climbed or leaped out. But Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo and a frequent guest on TV, said such a leap would be an unbelievable feat, and “virtually impossible.”

“There’s something going on here. It just doesn’t feel right to me,” he said. “It just doesn’t add up to me.”

Instead, he speculated that visitors might have been fooling around and might have taunted the animal and perhaps even helped it get out by, say, putting a board in the moat.

Sy Montgomery, a naturalist and author whose books include “Spell of the Tiger,” said she thinks such a jump is possible. Not every tiger could do it, she said, “but like human beings, every creature has its own amazing athletes.”

Ron Magill, a spokesman at the Miami Metro Zoo, said it is unlikely a zoo tiger could make such a leap, even with a running start.

“Captive tigers aren’t nearly in the kind of shape that wild tigers have to be in to survive,” he said. He said taunting can definitely make an animal more aggressive, but “whether it makes it more likely to get out of an exhibit is purely speculative.”

The police chief would not comment on whether the animal was taunted.

The same tiger, a 4 year old female named Tatiana, ripped the flesh off a zookeeper’s arm just before Christmas a year ago while the woman was feeding the animal through the bars. A state investigation faulted the zoo, which installed better equipment at the Lion House, where the big cats are kept.

Zoo director Manuel Mollinedo said Wednesday that he gave no thought to destroying Tatiana after the 2006 incident, because “the tiger was acting as a normal tiger does.” As for whether Tatiana showed any warning signs before Tuesday’s attack, Mollinedo said: “She seemed to be very well-adjusted into that exhibit.”

It was unclear how long the tiger had been loose before it was killed. The three visitors were attacked around closing time Tuesday on the 125 acre zoo grounds. Four officers hunted down and shot the animal after police got a 911 call from a zoo employee.

The zoo has a response team that can shoot animals. But zoo officials and police described the initial moments after the escape as chaotic.

The dead visitor was identified as 17 year old Carlos Sousa Jr. of San Jose.

The two injured men, 19 and 23 year-old brothers from San Jose, were upgraded to stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital after surgery. They suffered deep bites and claw wounds on their heads, necks, arms and hands, said Dr. Rochelle Dicker, a surgeon. She said they were expected to recover fully.

The zoo’s director of animal care and conservation, Robert Jenkins, said the tiger did not leave through an open door. “The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leaped out of the enclosure,” he said. But the zoo’s director admitted, “We’re still not too clear as to exactly what transpired.”

Hanna predicted other U.S. zoos would reassess their tiger enclosures if it turns out the tiger was able to leap out. He said he never before heard of a zoo visitor being killed by an animal.

“It’s much safer going to a zoo than getting in your car and going down the driveway,” he said.

The first attack happened right outside the tiger’s enclosure, the victim died at the scene. Another was about 300 yards away, in front of the zoo cafe. The police chief said the animal was mauling the man, and when officers yelled at it to stop, it turned toward them and they opened fire.

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Only then did they see the third victim, police said.

About 20 visitors were in the zoo when the attacks happened about an hour before the 6 p.m. closing time, officials said. Employees and visitors were told to take shelter when zoo officials learned of the attacks, and some employees locked themselves inside buildings as they had been instructed to do if an animal escaped.

There were five tigers at the zoo, three Sumatrans and two Siberians. Officials initially worried that four of them had gotten loose.

The zoo was closed on Wednesday. Officials said they expected to reopen the place on Thursday, but the big cat exhibit will remain closed “until we get a better understanding of what actually happened,” Mollinedo said. He said colleagues from other U.S. zoos will be brought in to help re~evaluate the big cat exhibit.

After last year’s attack, the state fined the zoo $18,000. The zoo added customized steel mesh over the bars, built in a feeding chute and increased the distance between the public and the cats.

Tatiana arrived at the zoo from the Denver Zoo a few years ago, with officials hoping she would mate with a male tiger. Siberian tigers are classified as endangered and there are more than 600 of the animals living in captivity worldwide.

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Jim Rogers said his agency is looking into the attack for violations of federal animal welfare laws.

The San Francisco Zoo is as an accredited member in good standing of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

“Animal escapes at accredited zoos are so very rare and each one is different,” association spokesman Steve Feldman said. “But we are always looking for ways to improve safety for our visitors.”
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Thank you AP News and Associated Press writers JORDAN ROBERTSON, Carla K. Johnson in Chicago, Louise Chu and Terence Chea in San Francisco, and Daisy Nguyen in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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There you have it Baby Boomers…more news on the Tiger incident…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

The San Francisco Zoo was closed to visitors Wednesday as investigators tried to determine how a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked three visitors, killing one of the men and mauling two others.

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Officials planned to conduct a thorough sweep of the zoo grounds during daylight. They said additional victims were not likely but they were uncertain how long the tiger, a female named Tatiana, had been loose near closing time on Christmas Day before she was killed by police.

Tatiana, a Siberian tiger weighing about 300 pounds, was the same animal that ripped the flesh off a zookeeper’s arm just before Christmas 2006.

The three men, one of them 19 years old and the others in their early 20s, were attacked just after 5 p.m. Tuesday on the east end of the 125 acre zoo grounds near Ocean Beach, police spokesman Steve Mannina said.

The two injured men were in critical but stable condition Wednesday at San Francisco General Hospital after undergoing surgery to have their wounds cleaned and closed, authorities said. They suffered deep bites and claw cuts on their heads, necks, arms and hands.

The San Francisco medical examiner had not been able to identify the dead man, investigator Tim Hellman said Wednesday. The man did not have any identification and no one had called asking about him, according to Hellman.

The zoo’s director of animal care and conservation, Robert Jenkins, could not explain how Tatiana escaped. The tiger’s enclosure is surrounded by a 15 foot wide moat and 20 foot high walls, and the big cat did not leave through an open door, he said.

“There was no way out through the door,” Jenkins said. “The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leaped out of the enclosure.”

The first attack happened right outside the Siberian’s enclosure, the victim died at the scene. A group of four officers came across his body when they entered the dark zoo grounds, Mannina said.

The second victim was about 300 yards away, in front of the Terrace Cafe. The man was sitting on the ground, blood running from gashes in his head and Tatiana sitting next to him.

The cat attacked the man again, Mannina said. The officers approached the tiger with their handguns. Tatiana moved in their direction and several of the officers fired, killing the animal.

Only then did they see the third victim, who had also been mauled.

Although no new visitors were let in after 5 p.m. Tuesday, the grounds had not been not scheduled to close until an hour later, and 20 to 25 people were still in the zoo when the attacks happened, zoo officials said. Employees and visitors were told to take shelter when zoo officials learned of the attacks.

“This is a tragic event for San Francisco,” Fire Department spokesman Lt. Ken Smith said. “We pride ourselves in our zoo, and we pride ourselves in tourists coming and looking at our city.”

There were five tigers at the zoo, three Sumatrans and two Siberians. Officials initially worried that four tigers had escaped, but soon learned only Tatiana had escaped, Mannina said.

On Dec. 22, 2006, Tatiana reached through the bars of her cage and grabbed a keeper, biting and mauling one of the woman’s arms and causing deep lacerations. The zoo’s Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation.

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California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health blamed the zoo for the assault and imposed a $18,000 penalty. A medical claim filed against the city by the keeper was denied.

Last February, a 140 pound jaguar named Jorge killed a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo before being fatally shot. Zoo officials said later that the zookeeper had violated rules by opening the door to the animal’s cage.

After last year’s attack, the zoo added customized steel mesh over the bars, built in a feeding shoot and increased the distance between the public and the cats.

Tatiana arrived at the San Francisco Zoo from the Denver Zoo a few years ago, with zoo officials hoping she would mate with a male tiger. Siberian tigers are classified as endangered and there are more than 600 of the animals living in captivity worldwide.
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Thank you AP News, LOUISE CHU, Associated Press Writer and Daisy Nguyen in Los Angeles who contributed to this report.
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Hello Baby Boomers…

Large animals or small for that fact…are still animals. We can lock them up in cages but that does not stop them from their most primal instinct and that is to surrvive.

The ZOOs do wonderful jobs of taking car of the animals and are the genetic resouces of all animals…

WILD animals will be wild…it is a shame that lives are lost, but these instances are far and few apart.

I end this post with the hope that family and friends of the man who was killed by the tiger will find peace some way and that the other two men will heal fast.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

A cute Animal you tube…enjoy…

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MORE GOOD ADVICE FROM CHILDREN

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“Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time.” – Kyoyo, age 11

“You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.” -Amir, age 9

“Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.” -Kellie, age 11

“If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.” -Naomi, age 15

“Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.” -Lauren, age 9

“Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” -Joel, age 10

“When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she’s on the phone.” -Alyesha, age 13

“Never try to baptize a cat.” -Eileen, age 8
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“Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time.” – Kyoyo, age 11

“You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.” -Amir, age 9

“Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.” -Kellie, age 11

“If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.” -Naomi, age 15

“Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.” -Lauren, age 9

“Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” -Joel, age 10

“When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she’s on the phone.” -Alyesha, age 13

“Never try to baptize a cat.” -Eileen, age 8

Police say Dacula man fed cats, kittens to his pit bull dogs

LAWRENCEVILLE – A suburban Atlanta man captured neighborhood cats and kittens and fed them live to his pit bulls, authorities said Thursday.

Tye Hilmo, 21, of Dacula was charged Thursday with aggravated cruelty to animals. He was already in jail on drug, firearm and probation violation charges, Gwinnett County sheriff’s spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

The new warrant charges that Hilmo did give injured live cats and kittens to his pit bull dogs and let the pit bulls kill the already injured cats and kittens. Hilmo would capture and injure neighborhood cats for this purpose.”

He was arrested Sept. 10 after investigators serving a search warrant on his house found guns and two pounds of marijuana, Bourbonnais said. He has been jailed since then.

Authorities found the bodies of two kittens near Hilmo’s residence. Bourbonnais said they also found a gruesome image on Hilmo’s cell phone: a picture of one of his pit bulls and one of the mauled, dead kittens, and beneath picture a caption that says, “Good Dog.”

“It’s pretty disturbing,” Bourbonnais said.

The initial tip about Hilmo indicated he may be feeding kittens and cats to his dogs to prepare the dogs for fighting, but no dogfighting charges have been leveled against Hilmo, Bourbonnais said.

Sheriff’s officials could not immediately say whether Hilmo has an attorney.

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Thank you The Associated Press.
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Well, let’s see if they throw the book at him the way they did Michael Vic…

This is a pretty sick individual, in my book…what do you think Baby Boomers???

I watched the video on this and I think I am going to skip dinner tonight…I hope that someone else gets the dog so it can be retrained, if possible…once a dog gets a taste for blood, it is hard to stop.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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