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Old 11-05-2012, 06:42 PM
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Unhappy Toddler mauled to death at Pittsburgh Zoo

What on earth is wrong with parents?!?! How could you do such a stupid thing?!?! My heart breaks for this little boy, and I can't even begin to imagine the fear and pain he went through.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs...burgh-zoo.html


A toddler was mauled to death today after falling into the African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

The boy, who was around 3 years old, fell 14 feet over a railing and into the exhibit, said Barbara Baker, director of the Pittsburgh Zoo.

“Visitors alerted the staff immediately and they went into emergency response mode,” she said.

Zoo officials tried firing darts to scare the dogs away from the child, but the animals, which are pack hunters, did not immediately respond.

The dogs were eventually moved from the exhibit, with the exception of one, which had to be shot by a police officer after it continued to “be aggressive” to the boy, Baker said.

“Unfortunately by the time EMTs were able to get to him, the boy had passed away,” Baker said.

The zoo has been closed until further notice.

The identity of the boy, who Baker said was visiting the zoo with his mother and family friends, has not yet been released.

“We’ve had the exhibit up since 2006 and we have not had any issues with the dogs,” Baker said. “This is a tragic accident.”
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:34 PM
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I heard about that earlier and it just pissed me off.

Why did your 3 year old need to be there? THEY ARE THREE THEY AREN'T GOING TO REMEMBER THIS. I hope they spay that woman.

And I hope there aren't any knee jerk reactions that harms any of those animals.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:37 PM
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I think 3 years olds (and younger) can enjoy the zoo. I don't think anyone should put their child up onto a railing that clearly lies directly over an exhibit of wild animals... Common sense people. How horrible for that little boy
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:39 PM
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I heard about that earlier and it just pissed me off.

Why did your 3 year old need to be there? THEY ARE THREE THEY AREN'T GOING TO REMEMBER THIS. I hope they spay that woman.

And I hope there aren't any knee jerk reactions that harms any of those animals.
Wait... What? Why did a three year old need to be at the zoo? Is that a bad thing to do? Also, people can absolutely remember things they did when they were three.

Taking your toddler to a zoo is not a problem. Millions of people do this all the time without incident but how does your child climb up and fall into the enclosure without the parent noticing they are up there?

Just read Grabs post... So the parent was lifting the child over the enclosure barrier and dropped the child? Could this just be a horrible accident where said parent felt they had control of the situation only to have a drastic turn of events?
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:40 PM
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It is a totally tragic situation. I hesitate to blame the mom because even though it is a stupid mistake, it is a mistake. Motherhood is full of mistakes, some are life changing. Now, she may be a really stupid person...but she may be someone who made one bad choice with a tragic outcome. Regardless, she lost a child and its awful

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Why did your 3 year old need to be there? THEY ARE THREE THEY AREN'T GOING TO REMEMBER THIS. I hope they spay that woman.
This however baffles me. Are you asking why a three year old was at the zoo????? My children all started going to the zoo pretty much at birth. It CATERS to kids and families. Of course a three year old is going to be there, probably were hundreds of three year olds there
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:43 PM
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There is no possible explanation in my mind for letting go of a tiny child to balance on his own over something that horrifically dangerous. This may not be a very popular response, but no one can be that stupid. I have a sick feeling about the intentions of the mother. You hear stories of mothers going off the deep end and killing their children. There have been some notorious stories on the news. This thought that it may have been intentional flitted across my mind. Of course, no one can know what was in her mind. It certainly isn't fair to make a rash judgement this early on. But the thought did occur to me.

The only other thing I can think of is if the mother was on drugs. Even someone with a very low IQ wouldn't do that. I can understand stupidly putting the child up there but holding on. This is beyond comprehension. So very sad.

If the mother was holding on and for some unavoidable reason, let go....(I can't understand that though) then yeah...accident. But what do people think those barriers are for?

I hope the zoo doesn't get sued. It probably will though.
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And side note, African Painted Dogs are so interesting and powerful. We just got to see a pack at the local Wild Canid Sanctuary. It is very unfortunate this happened to them as they already have a fairly negative view put on them They are VERY efficient hunters and very powerful.
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There is no possible explanation in my mind for letting go of a tiny child to balance on his own over something that horrifically dangerous.
I have not seen anything saying that the child was let go, like put up there and let go. My assumption is while holding him the grip was not good and he slipped. Again, I agree stupid putting him on the rail but I actually do see it pretty often.
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Sorry I mean why did the kid need to be standing on that.

Talking at work I think there was maybe one person who said they though they might remember something from that age. Maybe. But they couldn't tell if they remembered it or remembered seeing pics and being told about it.

The ONLY reason I could think of that a not crazy mom who is trying to kill their kid is that she wanted them to have 'a better view' and IMO thoughts like that are more for the mom/parent than it is for the kid.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:50 PM
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No, kids are very aware at three. They may not remember it for life but the are certainly cognizant and wanting to look then and learn a lot from life. Now, that is NOT excusing the mother making the decision to put him up there, that was stupid. BUT, it most likely WAS for the child wanting to see.
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