Suit Filed by Men Injured in San Francisco Tiger Attack

Two brothers involved in the tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo last year are suing the city of San Francisco.

Posted: April 3 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Suit Filed by Men Injured in San Francisco Tiger Attack
A lawsuit filed by two brothers injured in a tiger attack at the San Francisco zoo seeks damages for "serious physical and emotional injuries."
Kulbir and Amritpal Dhaliwal, the two brothers injured in an attack by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo last Christmas, filed claims last Friday against the city of San Francisco alleging negligence and defamation. The papers, a prerequisite to a lawsuit against the city, were submitted by the brothers’ attorney Mark Geragos. The claims seek damages for “serious physical and emotional injuries” but do not mention a specific dollar amount, KTVU News reports.

In the documents, Geragos and the brothers claim the city was negligent in not providing a safe zoo environment. The papers also allege that the city defamed the brothers by calling into question their role in possibly provoking the attack; another claim cites that the city improperly impounded Kulbir Dhaliwal’s car.

The suit stems from a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day 2007. The brothers were injured when a Siberian tiger on exhibit at the zoo escaped from its enclosure and attacked the pair and their friend, Carlos Sousa Jr., who was killed in the attack.

Kulbir Dhaliwal received deep cuts and bite wounds on his body, the filed papers said, also stating that Kulbir had surgery to repair damage to his knees. The papers also claim that a public relations consultant hired by the San Francisco Zoological Society defamed Kulbir, making him the target of “intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”

The city must respond to the claims within 45 days of the date the papers were filed, issuing either a formal denial or a settlement offer.

Amritpal Dhaliwal also made headlines several hours after the lawsuit was filed when he was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at a Target store in San Leandro, Calif., according to KTVU News.

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Tanya    Paden City, WV

4/4/2008 1:07:16 AM

Okay. Please, please do not get me started on this subject! This was a savage attack! No, I was not there at the Zoo to see what happened first-hand, but I did see and hear about this cruel, brutal "incident". From all that I have learned, I believe that the true victim in this case is actually, the TIGER!!! I believe that those people that torment and torture animals should, 'have the book thrown at them'!!! I believe that the perpetrators of this sick, sadistic treatment of this poor, caged creature of God, should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, and that any and all charges that can possibly be brought against them, should be!
Thank you for letting me express my opinion on this subject.
Tanya & the FAMILY (5 "K-9 Kids", 2 "Kitty Kids", 3 "Bunny Babes", & 1 very loving Husband/"DADDY!!!)

Paula    Independence, MO

4/4/2008 12:26:41 AM

Tigers should sue them! They had absolutely NO NO NO busines aggrivating them poor tigers like they do. Sad thing is, in the end, any animal no matter what is being done TO THEM if they rebel they are always the ones who suffer. It is a sad state of mind we live in when it comes to things like this. It is rarely the animals fault,yet they suffer over it.

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

4/4/2008 12:11:14 AM

I wish the tiger could sue~

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

4/3/2008 10:57:52 PM

I would be interested to know whether there was any fact in the accusation that the brothers had provoked the attack in a deliberate manner. This article does not elaborate at all concerning this.

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