The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office has finally released a copy of Carlos Sousa’s autopsy. He’s the young man who was mauled to death by a Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day 2007.
The report confirms the cause of death: “Blunt force injuries of the head and neck (predatory cat bite(s)).” The evidence of the mauling is devastating – Sousa suffered many punctures and scratches to his head, neck and chest. The tiger fractured his skull and spine, and cut his jugular vein. Tests on the seventeen-year-old’s blood came back positive for alcohol and marijuana.
The document confirms what we had heard before – the SFPD CSI Unit delivered specimens from the tiger to the Medical Examiner’s Office for investigation. The seven pouches kept in Freezer Box #2 contain the tiger’s head, paws and tail. On January 5th, one of the M.E. Office’s doctors examined the head, took tooth impressions, and found one of the bullets fired by police officers that evening. The report concluded it entered through the tiger’s forehead.