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Tourist Injuries Minimal After Wild Animals Escape / Litigating Premises Security Cases

Atlanta and Miami are both investigating the cause of captive wild animals escaping their cages. Zoo Atlanta found a venomous rattlesnake after it escaped, toured the neighborhood, and was killed by a nearby property owner. Zoo officials said a cage door was not properly secured by a staff member, according to the Associated Press.

Leaping tiger.jpgMiami’s Jungle Island had a larger problem when a 500-pound Bengal tiger leapt over a tall fence, provoked by a small ape that snuck out of his own cage. The Miami Herald reports that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said: “We’re investigating escaped captive wildlife, which is a violation of the law. It is fair to say someone would be found responsible.”

The animals did not injure park visitors, but four people were treated for minor injuries resulting from the chaos following the incident at Jungle Island. A fifth person was transported to a Miami hospital after suffering a panic attack.

This gives a whole new meaning to “Litigating Premises Security Cases.”

Related case law for negligent security and personal injury:

A landowner has 2 basic duties: reasonable care to maintain premises in reasonably safe condition, and give warning of concealed perils which are or should be known and which are unknown to invitee.
Williams v. Madden, 588 So.2d 41 (1 DCA 1991)

In fulfilling its duty to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition, “a landowner must conduct inspections appropriate for the premises involved.”
Yuniter v. A & A Edgewater of Florida, Inc., 707 So.2d 763 (Fla. 2d DCA 1998) (non security case) (questions concerning whether a proper inspection, if made, would have revealed the risks are issues of fact for jury)

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