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    Boy Falls into African Painted Dog Exhibit at Piitsburgh Zoo Dies

    http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/...rgh-zoo/nSxFp/


    "A young boy visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with his mother and friends was killed Sunday when he fell about 14 feet off a deck into an exhibit that's home to a pack of African painted dogs, who pounced on the boy and mauled him, zoo officials said."

    So tragic...

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    I'm seeing a few comments on news articles saying the mother was holding the child up for a better view.

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    I read that too.

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    According to this CNN article, the boy was "about 3":
    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/04...ild/?hpt=hp_t3

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    This is what I think happened:

    The dogs are in an open-air enclosed area. The mother was holding her son so he was standing on the top of the fence. She dropped him, and he fell in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eileenhawkeye View Post
    This is what I think happened:

    The dogs are in an open-air enclosed area. The mother was holding her son so he was standing on the top of the fence. She dropped him, and he fell in.
    On FB, someone said he was on the railing, fell and bounced off protective netting into the exhibit. I do think his mom was probably holding him. I've seen parents do that many times.

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    Zoo President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Baker said the child, who was 2 years old, was on an outing with his mother when he fell over a wooden railing and off of a mesh barrier where the painted dogs were on display. A zoo spokeswoman said the wooden railing is 4 feet in height and the lower mesh barrier is 14 feet above the open exhibit space.
    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...#ixzz2BITFSw88

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    So sad. I know that really active, adventuresome 2 year olds can struggle to get free when you're holding them, even in a dangerous position. He could have suddenly pulled and lurched, and the equillibrium would have been thrown off for his mom.

    How awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigh Sister View Post
    http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/...rgh-zoo/nSxFp/


    "A young boy visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with his mother and friends was killed Sunday when he fell about 14 feet off a deck into an exhibit that's home to a pack of African painted dogs, who pounced on the boy and mauled him, zoo officials said."

    So tragic...
    that is tragic...i didnt even know what an african painted dog was!

    eta: they look like hyenas....

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    This is so sad. Poor little boy. We were talking about taking the kids there today. I am so glad we didn't.


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    God bless that poor mother. She will likely never forgive herself. So so tragic.

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    Just last week I was telling my da..Dear Hubby that I wanted an African Painted Dog.

    So sorry for the child and his loved ones. Such a tragedy.
    Bless the beasts and the children
    For in this world they have no voice,
    They have no choice.

    I’ve gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, keep me here.
    كلي

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    So awful. I hope the mom finds the will to live. If I had dropped my baby and then had to see him killed like that, I would probably want to die. I hope she has some good support system. My heart goes out to her.
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    So where's the neglect charge?

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    I'd need to know more before I could say it was neglect. Plenty of parents hold their kids up to see over a crowd. I'd want to see if she actually held him up and over the fence or not first.
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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