Nation: Zoo Story

For a 19-year-old, Roger Dean Adams had drunk quite a lot that day—a dozen beers and some wine, his buddies said. After dark, Adams and two companions sneaked into the Portland, Ore., zoo. He lowered himself into the grizzly bear's grotto, but the bear ignored him. He climbed out and tried the pit occupied by two lions, Caesar and Sis. Sis lunged at Adams, catching him by the feet. He died of a punctured jugular vein.

The next night, someone entered the zoo and killed Caesar and Sis apparently with a .30-06 hunting rifle. The zoo's director, Jack Marks, was appalled at...

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