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If an Animal Escaped, Would You Return to the Zoo?


Most children love animals and a trip to the zoo can be both educational and enjoyable. But, lately that's not the case with the San Francisco Zoo. Beyond the tragic Christmas Day incident when a Siberian tiger climbed out of her enclosure and killed one of the three visitors she mauled, this past week an SF Gate article reports that two more animals almost escaped their confines. It said:

"Zoo officials acknowledged Friday morning that a 100-pound male snow leopard named Ghurka ripped a 4-inch hole in a mesh cage Thursday and stuck his paw and part of his head through the gash."

As for the situation with the zoo's wild-born polar bear, it said:

"Separate zookeepers and other employees have told The Chronicle that the animal, who weighs more than 600 pounds, nearly climbed over a wall of her exhibit on Jan. 3 - the first day the zoo was open after the Christmas Day tiger attack - when zoo officials pelted her with empty tranquilizer darts in a misguided effort to harass her into entering a night enclosure."

If these incidents happened at your local zoo, would you bring your babe there?

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