Friday, December 28, 2007

When Tigers Attack

As 3150 news sources (at the last count) are reporting, a tiger escaped at the San Fransico Zoo this week in as yet unexplained circumstances. It killed one person and severely injured two others before being shot dead by police. Since the police found it in the act of attacking someone, they clearly had to shoot it; but what if that would not have been the case? If it would have been possible to safely recapture the tiger without killing it, should that be done?

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