- The director of the zoo where a teenager was killed by an escaped tiger acknowledged Thursday that the wall around the animal's pen was just 12 1/2 feet high—well below the height recommended by the main accrediting agency for the nation's zoos.
According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the minimum recommended height for tiger exhibit walls is 16.4 feet.
Four feet (in height) makes a big difference to a predator with four feet. No word if this 70 year old wall was built low or perhaps there was 3 or 4 feet of something accidentally added to the moat over the years. There's going to be a lot of second guessing of the accrediting agency that hadn't noticed the height of a wall meant to keep tigers in an enclosure, especially as initial reports of the victims "teasing" are being denied outright by the police chief.
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