SF Tiger Attack Victims Go on Offense

Brothers survived Christmas Day tiger attack

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2008  |  Updated 9:38 PM PDT
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SF Tiger Attack Victims Go on Offense

Two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo are suing the zoo and others in federal court.

Kulbir and Amritpal Dhaliwal filed the suit on Friday against the city and county of San Francisco, the police department, the zoo and a public relations firm hired by the zoo in the days after the attack.

Their friend, 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., was killed when a Siberian tiger escaped its enclosure and mauled the three.

The Dhaliwals' suit says the tiger enclosure was lower than recommended national standards. It also claims that the zoo started a smear campaign against the Dhaliwal brothers following the attacks.

Sousa's family also has filed a claim, which was rejected by the city attorney's office. If the two sides do not settle, the family has until the end of the year to file a lawsuit.

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