Attorney: Zoo Took Too Long to Get Help
By JASON DEAREN: Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday.
Zoo spokesman Sam Singer dismissed Geragos' claims as unreliable and noted that the San Francisco police have not even finished their investigation.
The dispatch logs also show that zoo employees initially questioned whether early reports of the attack were coming from a mentally unstable person.
"Zoo personnel have the tiger in sight and are dealing with it," reads a 5:17 p.m. note on the transcript.