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Police Emergency

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This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.

He immediately phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.”

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Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

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For those of you who like dogs…here is a cute video…

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/confidential/canine_video.html

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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NEW YORK has a new super star and America has a new Snoop doggie.

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Uno the beagle wins best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

Barking and baying up a storm, Uno lived up to his name Tuesday night by becoming the first beagle to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

The nation’s new top dog was clearly the fan favorite and drew a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden when he was picked.

Uno got right into the act, jumping up on handler Aaron Wilkerson and confirming his other title: noisiest in show. Years from now, he’ll be known for the “ah~roo” heard ’round the ring.

The only dog consistently listed among America’s most popular breeds for nearly 100 years, a beagle had never won in the 100 times Westminster picked a winner. That changed when judge J. Donald Jones pointed to this nearly 3 year old package of personality.

Good ol’ Snoopy, a champion at last.

Uno was numero uno, beating out two perfect poodles, a top Sealyham terrier, a sleek Weimaraner, a lively Australian shepherd and a sprightly Akita.

Uno celebrated his win by chewing on the microphones of reporters who tried to interview his winning crew.

More than 169 breeds and varieties were represented at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club event, and the competition brought 2,627 entries.

Barks echoed around Madison Square Garden as the crowd cheered its favorites, among them a Neapolitan mastiff that lumbered around the ring, a Chihuahua that spun in circles and a miniature pinscher that plucked a piece of food off the green carpet without missing a beat.

Formally known as K~Run’s Park Me in First, Uno came into this competition with 32 best in show ribbons overall. Yet he was surely an underdog, make that an Underdog, because no beagle had even won the hound group since 1939.

But Uno fixed that, breezing in the 15~inch breed judging Monday morning and taking his group several hours later. So while other dogs tried to reach the final ring Tuesday, Uno spent the day going on a brisk walk around Manhattan and taking a nap underneath his warm, fuzzy blanket.

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But when it came time to show, Uno was as precocious and precious as ever.

With fans calling out his name and clapping, he soaked in the cheers as he walked around the ring. And when he made his final stop in front of Jones, Uno went to town, baying over and over.

Even when he returned to the sidelines as other dogs were judged, Uno kept going. Quite a win it was for Eddie Dziuk of Columbia, Missouri, and the other three co-owners.

“My sister called me today and said she’s always turned off the dog show on TV because she’s tired of all those poodles winning,” Jon Woodring, one of the other co~owners, said earlier in the day. “But she watched last night. I think Uno winning would show that an everyday dog can do it.”

Longtime dog expert David Frei, the paw~by~paw announcer for USA Network’s coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club show, went even further.

“If he wins best in show, I’ll rent him an apartment in New York City because I’ll be traveling with him all year, so many people will want to see him,” he said. “If he won, it would be the greatest thing for our show.”

Better get that first rent check ready, Uno is here to stay.
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What an adorable dog…I used to raise Beagles…I would suggest them for anyone and they are good with kids…city apartments…I don’t know as they love to run!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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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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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Disgraced former NFL star Michael Vick declared that “I am not the bad person or the beast I’ve been made out to be” in a letter to a judge asking for leniency.
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Michael Vick wrote he was “forever a changed man.”

“I have been talked about and ridiculed on a day to day basis by people who really don’t know Michael Vick the human being. They only knew the football player which is unfair,” Vick said in a handwritten letter released this week.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Vick on Monday to serve 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls that did not fight aggressively.

Vick wrote the judge that he had accepted responsibility for his actions, would pay restitution and never again use “a single dollar that I have earned for anything but to help people.” Read letters from Vick, his mom, sports stars »

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback said he grew up not knowing the severity of the crime of dogfighting and asked Hudson for “a second chance.”

Other letters supporting Vick were sent by his mother, his seventh-grade teacher and children he had met since becoming a star and one of the NFL’s most highly paid players.

Brenda Vick Boddie said her son fell victim to friends who took advantage of Vick’s inability to “say no.”

“PLEASE Your HONOR give my baby Michael another chance. He’s never been in trouble with the law before, PLEASE! PLEASE! one more chance,” she pleaded in her own handwritten letter.

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Former Falcons teammate Warrick Dunn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and two sporting legends, former home run king Hank Aaron and former two time boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman, also wrote letters on Vick’s behalf.
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