Zoo Tiger Harassed


A prankster who pulled the tail of the tiger might find himself behind bars after Omaha’s city prosecutor views a Youtube video.

"It's something I’m going has to look into and talk to the Humane Society and zoo personnel," said Omaha City Prosecutor David Smalheiser.

A Youtube video believed to be taken at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo shows someone harassing a tiger. There are no tigers in the exhibit now and other changes indicate the video is not recent. Still, the city prosecutor has concerns about what he's seen. Smalheiser doesn't consider the taunting as a harmless stunt.

"He’s acting irresponsibly, immaturely and it’s cruel what he's doing teasing the animal," Smalheiser said.

A big cat in another exhibit doesn't seem interested in making a public appearance on a hot day. But zoo-goers say the animals should be respected, not hassled.

"We’re here to enjoy them and see them so I don't think you should cross the barrier," One said.

The video watched by the prosecutor has music and production credits but no real names, just nicknames. Identifying those involved could lead to an investigation.

"The measure of human beings is how they treat animals,” Smalheiser said. The city prosecutor says he might file charges if he can find a law with teeth when it comes to harassing zoo animals.

The video has been posted on the Omaha Police Officers Association website, which has already lead to a possible identification of the person harassing the tiger.

Find a link that video by clicking here.


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