Baghdad parable

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sun Sep 21 15:54:37 MDT 2003

U.S. Soldier Kills Tiger in Baghdad Zoo

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 20 — An American soldier shot and killed a Bengal 
tiger at the city zoo after the animal injured a colleague who was trying 
to feed it through the cage bars, the zoo's manager said today.

The manager, Adil Salman Mousa, said in an interview that some soldiers 
were having a party in the zoo on Thursday night after it had closed.

"Someone was trying to feed the tigers," he said. "The tiger bit his finger 
off and clawed his arm. So his colleague took a gun and shot the tiger."

The night watchman said the soldiers had arrived in military vehicles but 
were casually dressed and were drinking beer.

There was no immediate comment from United States officials.

But Mr. Mousa said that officials had come to see him on Friday to discuss 
the shooting.

The tiger was one of two in the zoo, once the largest in the Middle East, 
but now a decrepit collection of dirty cages and sad-looking animals.

In April, American soldiers killed four lions that escaped from the zoo. 
Hundreds of other animals were stolen or let loose by looters in the 
aftermath of the American military's entry into Baghdad.

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