Saturday, September 21, 2002

Kiddie scare story of the day. This happened in my town, and was the lead page 1 story in the SJ Mercury News.

A Bengal tiger broke free from its handler and leaped on top of a 6-year-old kindergartner Friday during a Scotts Valley Christian school assembly, sending screaming, terrified children fleeing the church chapel where the assembly was held. The child ... suffered a 4-inch laceration on his head when the 150-pound, 1-year-old, claw-less tiger, Sima, jumped on his head, Scotts Valley police said. The boy was flown by helicopter to Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford ...

The news today says that the boy was actually cut by the belt buckle of an overreacting adult. The tiger did not harm anyone.

Update: Here is the zoo's story. There is still some dispute about the facts.

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