SF Tiger Attack Victims made Pact of Silence

Soon after their 17-year-old friend was mauled to death by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo, the two brothers who survived the attack made a quick pact not to cooperate with the police as they rode in an ambulance to the hospital, sources told The Chronicle.

Sources also say that the younger brother was intoxicated at the time of the incident, having used marijuana and consumed enough liquor to have a blood-alcohol level above the .08 limit for adult drivers. The older brother also had been drinking and using marijuana.

Although the police still possess their cell phones and the brothers' car, the police cannot legally search the items as potential evidence. Among the items police say they have spotted in the car is an empty vodka bottle.

The entire article is over at SFGATE.com

Bruce's take: I'm so very disappointed in this whole process. Yes, the tiger enclosure turns out to be have walls that were too low, but for some kids to torment an animal (per reports and conjecture) to the point of driving it into an angry rage and then being able to possibly sue for the altercation, and then collaborating to refrain from telling authorities what happened is pretty frustrating to me.

What's our system coming to when people can cause a problem, and possibly be able to sue for the ensuing damages that arise from that scenario.