chadh By: chadh


Tatiana and Tony expressing affection.


UPDATE, 10 Aug 2008: Thanks to National Geographic TV's Explorer for using this image in their "ZOO TIGER ESCAPE" episode. It aired tonight, 8/10/2008, and I thought they did a great job of recreating the story. It airs again on 8/17/2008. Here's the overview:


"Until December 25th 2007, no animal had ever escaped and killed a visitor at an accredited U.S. zoo. The first animal to achieve this dubious distinction was a tiger. A mild Christmas day in San Francisco has turned into a bloody tragedy the likes of which have never been seen before. Two young men were mauled, one 17-year-old boy and one 4-year-old Siberian tigress lay dead. Experts explore what might have happened in hopes of improving how dangerous animals are kept in captivity."


UPDATE: Tatiana, pictured here, is the Siberian tiger making the recent news headlines. The latest (27 Dec 2007) seems to indicate that the wall was too short:


Tiger grotto wall shorter than thought, may have contributed to escape and fatal attack



S.F. Zoo's Tatiana acted her part as alpha predator, experts say


"Once the animal is out of its primary enclosure, it's pretty much shoot to kill," Tilson said. "You don't have a discussion - you kill it. A tranquilizer gun would take too long and you might miss."


The other Siberian pictured here is Tony:


"Tatiana was born in the Denver Zoo on June 27, 2003, and donated to San Francisco in December 2005 to mate with a male named Tony."


  • upclosecis 8y

    Very loving touch. Well done. C
  • LJGrove 8y

    How wonderful!
  • chadh 8y

    Thanks to you all for the favs, comments, views, and for making this my 1st photo to make Explore:

    my 1st explore photo
  • edbierman 8y

    what a great touching moment with these two animals
  • nitesh jain 8y

    gr8 shot
  • kpangel68 8y

    beautiful capture
  • Hassan Abd ullah 8y

    RIP Tatiana and Carlos Sousa. Beautiful photo, needless to say the zoo needs to manage their big cats way better.
  • Anthony Brown 8y

    Thank you for capturing such an amazing photo of Tatiana!

    Please add this photo to the Tatiana the Tiger group.
  • pyankcat 8y

    RIP beautiful Tatiana.
  • jenalpeche1 7y

    Beautiful shot. Thank you.
  • Bissingerbooks 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Animal Affection, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Susan Crawford 7y

    One of my favorites of Tatiana and Tony...they were so close! Very beautiful and heart-touching. :)
  • Hatem2005 7y

    whit my love
  • yeah! Big Apple 7y

    love it
  • Greenpeace International 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Forest love, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Cheryl 7y

    Had to comment..This story makes me very sad every time I think about it. The zoo manages the animals wonderfully. The VISITORS need to be more aware of their own actions and not taunt animals. The tiger acted like any tiger would react. Some humans are just STUPID!!!!!!!!!!
  • Iman Suryadi 7y

    Agree with the last comment from trumpetmom30312. We can't force any animal to act or even think like human.
    More than that, I really love this picture and would like to add it in my blog - Stories of Picture
  • chadh 7y

    I'm starting to wonder how much of animal containment measures at zoos are really more "security theater." In other words, measures that are employed primarily to make spectators feel safer.

    I was recently at the National Zoo:

    love bite?

    ...and I may have missed something, but it seemed to me that these animals could probably escape if they had the time, intelligence and motivation to figure out a specific jumping path. In any case, no huge glass barriers were standing in the way of taking good pictures.
  • Nathan Fischer 7y

    Please add this great photo to Nature’s Finest
    Tag your photo with "NaturesFinest"
  • mostextremeprincess 3y

    Sweat ain't it?
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