San Francisco zoo settles Christmas 2007 tiger mauling lawsuit

San Francisco Zoo settles lawsuit involving fatal tiger attack of teen boy.

San Francisco, CA (–Bay City News reported on Tuesday, lawyers, representing the San Francisco Zoo, have settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a San Jose teen who was brutally and fatally mauled by Tatiana, the 250 pound Siberian tiger on Christmas Day 2007. The wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence by the zoo for the death of 17 year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., was filed by his grieving parents.

The legal action was filed in court after the Siberian tiger leapt out of her zoo enclosure on December 25, 2007 and mauled young Sousa to death while he was distracting the big cat from harming his two friends. Part of the settlement agreement, worked out by attorneys, states the zoo will erect a plaque in honor of Sousa.

The tiger was shot to death by police who conducted an investigation into the fatal zoo incident under speculation the boys had taunted the animal causing her to escape and attack. Lawyers for the plaintiff’s are also litigating a claim in a San Francisco federal court against the city, the Zoological Society, and a zoo spokesperson alleging slander, negligence and civil rights violations connected with the police investigation. The federal lawsuit has not been settled.

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