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Some parents are too stupid to be parents. CHILD KILLED AT PGH ZOO.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/11/04/pittsburgh-zoo-boy-dies-a_n_2073268.html

PITTSBURGH — A 2-year-old boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo was killed Sunday morning when he fell off a railing that his mother had put him on top of to view a pack of African painted dogs, who pounced on the child and mauled him, police said.
It was not clear whether the boy died from the fall into the wild dog exhibit area or from the attack, said Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
"It was very horrific," said Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh police, who added that the dogs attacked "immediately" after the boy fell at about 11:45 a.m. Zoo officials at first estimated the boy fell 14 feet, but police said it was 11. It was not clear which is correct.
When the boy fell, other visitors immediately told staff members, who responded along with Pittsburgh police. Zookeepers called off some of the dogs, and seven of them immediately went to a back building. Three more eventually were drawn away from the child, but the last dog was aggressive and police had to shoot the animal, officials say.
The zoo was immediately closed; it was not clear when it would be reopened, authorities said.
Authorities didn't immediately release the name of the boy or his mother, but say she is 34 years old and lives in Pleasant Hills, just outside Pittsburgh. The boy's father arrived on the scene soon after the accident, police said.
The dogs are about as big as medium-sized domestic dogs, 2 to 2 1/2 feet high and 37 to 80 pounds, according to the zoo. African wild dogs are also known as cape hunting dogs, spotted dogs, and painted wolves. They have large, rounded ears and dark brown circles around their eyes and are considered endangered.
The dogs hunt in packs in the wild, and Baker said that they "were in pack mentality" during the attack.
The dogs normally live in a 1.5 acre exhibit called the Painted Dog Bush Camp that's part of a larger open area called the African Savanna, where elephants, lions and other animals can be seen. Visitors walk onto a deck that is glassed on the sides, but open in front where the railing is located. Visitors can look out at the dogs below.
Zoo officials said there is also a mesh barrier beyond the railing, but Kraus said it was designed to catch small objects such as cameras, and not humans.
Steve Feldman, a spokesman for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said no one he's spoken to can recall any deaths of children at an accredited zoo over the last 40 years or more. Feldman said the Pittsburgh Zoo successfully completed its five-year review in September, which means it meets or exceeds all safety standards.
In May, some of the dogs crawled under a fence and escaped into a part of the exhibit that's usually closed. The zoo was on lockdown for about an hour as a precaution.
Past fatal attacks at zoos have prompted zoos around the nation to review safety features of their exhibits. In 2007, a tiger jumped over a wall at the San Francisco zoo, killing one visitor and wounding two others. In September a man jumped off an elevated viewing train at the Bronx Zoo in New York and was severely mauled by tigers.
Baker said the Pittsburgh Zoo has never had a visitor death. She said no decision has been made yet on the future of the exhibit.
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Associated Press writer Ron Todt in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 8 on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM
If is actually on the news. The news is saying the dogs took minutes to attack and no one jumped in to save the boy. :(

Quoting Vixcalamity:

I believe nothing on that site.  That is disgusting and sick.  If it's true, it's extremely sad but I just don't trust that site.  So much of their stuff seems like BS.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Sadly, the zoo will have to make things "safer" when, in fact, it was the mother's fault.  I feel awful for that baby boy.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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Is this more reliable?

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/04/14922258-boy-falls-into-pittsburgh-zoo-exhibit-mauled-to-death-by-african-painted-dogs?lite 

Quoting Vixcalamity:

I believe nothing on that site.  That is disgusting and sick.  If it's true, it's extremely sad but I just don't trust that site.  So much of their stuff seems like BS.



popomill
by on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Omg, that is horrible. I'll just tell myself he was gone BEFORE the dogs started mauling him.....Just reminds me of the boy who fell into the gorilla pit at the Brookfield Zoo in the 90's, except he survived. RIP Little boy!

myhandsomelove
by Gold Member on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Oh wow that's so sad. I bet she feels like crap for having put him on thr railing :-(
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kde216
by Silver Member on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM
:( I would have gone in. I would and could not watch that happen to my child. Poor baby boy.
Pink.Frosting
by Ruby Member on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I just read that.  I pretty much figure that marriage is over.  Her husband is probably going to blame her for the death of their child.  It would be *really hard* not to...

Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Would you jump in? 11-14 feet on to what I assume is concrete (That's what they have surrounding the animals pits at my zoo) would break your legs, and then you would be in the same boat as that boy. The best someone could do it throw shit at the animals to distract them.

Quoting Anonymous:

If is actually on the news. The news is saying the dogs took minutes to attack and no one jumped in to save the boy. :(

Quoting Vixcalamity:

I believe nothing on that site.  That is disgusting and sick.  If it's true, it's extremely sad but I just don't trust that site.  So much of their stuff seems like BS.



Pink.Frosting
by Ruby Member on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM


Quoting kde216:

:( I would have gone in. I would and could not watch that happen to my child. Poor baby boy.

That's what I was thinking too.  I would have jumped in as well.  I wouldn't care if I broke bones doing it.  Maybe if she had jumped in she could have at least kept them off of him enough that he wouldn't have been mauled to death before help came.

CBMMOM
by Gold Member on Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:11 PM


Quoting MyLittlePwny:

That poor baby. His mother will have to live with her stupidity the rest of her life.

If I were a mom that did that,I can't imagine the rest of my life would be too long. I think I'd kill myself.

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