Attendance Up at San Francisco Zoo Following Fatal Tiger Attack

A zoo spokesman said there were twice as many visitors when the
zoo reopened Thursday as on the same day last year.

Spokesman Paul Garcia said most of the 782 visitors to the zoo arrived before 2 p.m., when heavy rains began falling over the city.

The zoo had just under 400 visitors on Jan. 3, 2007, Garcia said.

Severe storms over Northern California forced the zoo to close again Friday as high winds brought down tree branches around the facility. No animals were hurt in the storm.

The zoo was closed for eight days following the Christmas Day attack, which left 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. dead and two brothers injured.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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