142. Tiger Kills Two Men (1)
The Ozark city zoo’s tiger exhibit featured Winnie,
female Siberian tiger. She was five years old,
300 pounds, and stood three feet tall at
shoulders. Siberian tigers are endangered; only about 500
in the wild, and about 200 exist in
. They live up to 25 years.
and 19 years old, visited the zoo just
closing. Earl and Merl had had a few
. They went straight to Winnie's pit. They decided
would be fun to tease her as she
within the walled pit minding her own business.
threw pine cones and sticks at Winnie, causing
to growl. Then Earl hopped onto the wall
dangled his legs into the tiger pit area.
yelled at Winnie while Merl threw a plastic
full of water. The bottle struck Winnie's head.
, she sprang toward the wall. She slashed at
’s foot, removing one of his shoes. Earl screamed,
off the wall, and started running. Winnie quickly
the height of the wall, and leapt. Although
wall was 13 feet high, Winnie landed on
of it. The two brothers were running toward
zoo restaurant, figuring that there would be safety
numbers. But they never made it. Winnie quickly
up to one, and then the other. With
bite to each of their necks, she killed