San Francisco wants a man mauled by a tiger at the citys zoo to pay $75,000 for the cost of his treatment after the attack.
Kulbir Dhaliwal, 24, and his brother Amritpal Paul Dhaliwal, 20, were attacked by a 243-pound Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day 2007 after the tiger, named Tatiana, escaped her open-air enclosure. Their friend, Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, was killed in the attack.
Both brothers received treatment for deep bites and scratches at San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, a city-run facility. The city now has filed a medical reimbursement lien in federal court seeking payment for Kulbir Dhaliwals medical costs. (The city isnt commenting on why the lien has been issued.) If the court approves the lien, the brothers will have to reimburse the city for medical costs from any financial award gained from their pending lawsuit against the city. Sousas family has filed a separate lawsuit over his death.
The brothers allege theyve suffered permanent scarring from the ordeal. On the one-year anniversary of the mauling, a local artist unveiled a public statute of Tatiana. Officers shot and killed the tiger during the attack.