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Kid mauled and dies falling into African Painted Dog exhibit by Dutch
November 5, 2012, 10:48 am
Filed under: Current Events

Huff Post – A mother’s attempt to give her 2-year-old son a better view of wild African dogs turned into a fatal tragedy after the boy fell into the exhibit and was attacked by a pack of the animals as relatives and bystanders looked on.

The mother had picked the child up and put him on top of a railing at the edge of a viewing deck at the Pittsburgh Zoo late Sunday morning, Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh police said.

“Almost immediately after that he lost his balance, fell down off the railing into the pit, and he was immediately attacked by 11 dogs,” Kraus said. “It was very horrific.”

Authorities said that zoo staff and then police responded “within minutes,” but visitors described that time as being filled with screams for help. 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.

Well, thanks to our Mother of the Year candidate, an endangered species had to lose one more member.  Yea dude, I’m sure it was aggressive, it’s a WILD ANIMAL.  But more importantly, how stupid do you have to be to put your child up on a railing?  Like, seriously.  It’s one thing to hold your child up so they can see better, it’s another thing to ask them to tightrope walk on a railing with blood thirsty african painted dogs waiting below.

 

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