In the bay area (and probably elsewhere in the country), we've all been watching with great sadness events occurring the other day at the San Francisco Zoo, where a Siberian tiger escaped her enclosure, killed a young man, mauled two others, and was then shot by police. The zoo closed immediately (while they looked for other bodies–missing anyone??) and has been less than forthcoming about details. But this morning's SF Chronicle reported that the fence of the enclosure is 4 feet lower than national safety standards and–get this–7 1/2 feet lower than zoo official said it was. Jay-suz. How could they not think it was just a matter of time before insurance adjusters showed up with their tape measures??? It's hard to feel sorry for the zoo, but what a tragedy for the tiger. The director of the Oakland Zoo had the wisdom to clarify that this wasn't a bad tiger; it was just a tiger, doing what tigers do. What a sad ending for such a beautiful animal.
But sadder still, at least to me, was the news yesterday of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. Not good for that peace on earth business, is it?