The San Francisco Zoo is set to reopen on Thursday (sans the tiger display) but not before the allegations and conflicting stories start flying over the Christmas Day mauling death of 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. The always inflammatory New York Post reports that Amritpal and Kulbir Dhaliwal -- the young brothers who were at the zoo with their buddy Sousa and survived Tatiana the Tiger's wrath -- were aiming slingshots at the 350-pound Siberian tiger when it attacked. This despite the SFPD's insistence that there was no provocation, not to mention Mark Geragos' (douchebag attorney to the stars) denial in the Chronicle: "As far as I'm concerned, that's an urban legend ... There was no taunting of the tiger."
Who to believe here? The shyster lawyer and the cops or the shyster tabloid newspaper? In case you haven't guessed by now there's a serious dearth of trustworthy sources in this case. But that ain't all, not by a damn sight: the Post also reports that an empty vodka bottle turned up in the Dhaliwal brothers' car on the day of the mauling. I'm just saying. Meanwhile, Geragos is blasting the zoo for not responding quickly enough to the situation. As the wise Dude once said: "This is a very complicated case, a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous." (via SFist)
-- Brian Bernbaum