Historical accounts: bears & big cat interactions May 29, 2013 13:57:23 GMT -9
Post by sarus on May 29, 2013 13:57:23 GMT -9
BEARS RUN FROM ZOO
Keeper Bitten, One of Animals slain in 'Frisco Melee
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct, 21. ▬ One Keeper was bitten on the right knee and one bear
was killed here tonight after four bears scaped from their cage at Fleishhacker Zoo.
TRIES ANOTHER ATTACK
The injured keeper was Norman Baker, whose prodding pitchfork was knocked aside by one
of the bruins just as it was about to reenter the cage. The bear was killed shortly after its
attack upon Baker as it attempted to charge night watchman John Mallick and Pollice Officer
It was Mallick who discovered the scape of the four Malay Sun bears, small but vicious animals. Two of the bruins, Mallick found, had invaded the cage of a nearby tiger. The other two had crashed into the zoo kitchen. He locked them in and hurriedly notified the zoo officials.
The tiger proved too much for one of the bears and he rushed back into his cage. The other one continued his quarrel with the tiger until keepers arrived and forced him to leave the cage. He was the one who was killed.
Meanwhile, the two other bears prowled through the kitchen, gorging themselves. At last reports carpenters were building a wooden tunnel from the kitchen to the bear cage. The keepers hoped to be able to force the bears to use the tunnel to return to their home.
► Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - Oct 22, 1935
► San Jose News - Oct 19, 1935