Honolulu Zoo security breach sets tiger loose
Honolulu Zoo administrators will review all holding procedures following a breach today that allowed an 8-year-old, 245-pound male Sumatran tiger to roam into an unsecured area.
Sidney A. Quintal, city director of Enterprise Service, said the 8:15 a.m. incident that started in the new 3-month-old holding area of the Sumatran tiger exhibit was quickly resolved without injury to personnel and animal.
"We were very fortunate, everything was in our favor," Quintal said in pointing out that Berani, the tiger involved, is the tamest of the three tigers in the exhibit and the incident occurred before the zoo was open.
The breach was caused by human error, Quintal said.
At 8:15 a.m., staff locked down the two holding areas in the new wing to clean the exhibit area, said Quintal. Staff, however, exited through another gate and failed to latch it.
Berani pushed through the two gates and walked past a female volunteer, who followed proper procedure in retreating and closing the gate securing the animal, said Quintal.