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    Default Pittsburgh Zoo Accident: African Wild Dogs

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/boy-dead-ma...ry?id=17639547

    This hits close to home, literally in my city, but also as a trainer/zookeeper.

    My heart goes out to the family for losing a child, but I can't help but feel anger towards those who blame the animals.

    I'd like some outside thoughts and opinions..

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    I was pissed to find out that the mother had him up on the railing.
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    Default Re: Pittsburgh Zoo Accident: African Wild Dogs

    Yes, I agree, it's definitely a tragedy, very sad, but they are wild animals , and its their nature. Caution and common sense has to be number one in situations where you have wild animals and humans, like zoos, circuses, lion safaris, marine parks, etc. Animals are unpredictable , they are beautiful to watch, but you have to be careful, and especially protect your children. You don't ever hold a child over a railing, children are squirmy and unpredictable too, and accidents can happen in an eyeblink, and you can never take back that moment. Here in Canada, we had an accident at a mall involving a mom holding a small child at the railing, and she lost control and grip of the child, and she dropped him over the side, he also died. I feel terrible for these mothers, how can they ever live down the guilt and loss of their child, they will forever be haunted and relive those moments. My heart and prayers go out to them, there is nothing worse than losing your child. Very sad.

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    wow this is so sad, as a mom my heart breaks for the child ... as a woman, I can't believe a 2 year old was put up on the railing in the first place to stand that just seems so dangerous and well his death proves just how dangerous it actually is ... the pack can't be blamed and I hope that there isn't a public outcry to close the exhibit due to them doing what is natural to a wild animal. any way you look at this it is just so tragic and sad!!
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    My heart goes out the the child that lost it's life and also the most worst decision a mother made. That was plain stupid to put your child on the railing....these are wild prey animals. It's very sad and could have been avoided.
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    I know this may sound heartless but remember the guy who lost his life to a tiger because they tiger jumped out of its enclosure, well that guy got what he had coming for being where he shouldn't have been and taunting the tiger and the tiger lost it's life.

    If anyone even begins to blame the zoo or the dogs they're in the wrong. Only one to blame is the Mother and she will forever live with her bad decision.
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    Sad all around A young life was ended in a tragic way...the life of an endangered animal was ended....a family will forever grieve. So sad and tragic.

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    thanks for your opinions everyone, I agree wholeheartedly. There was an article in the post gazette slamming the zoo for this, saying their safety measures are inappropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    thanks for your opinions everyone, I agree wholeheartedly. There was an article in the post gazette slamming the zoo for this, saying their safety measures are inappropriate.
    Seriously? The one that should be slammed is the Mother for being an idiot and costing her child his life.
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    Default Re: Pittsburgh Zoo Accident: African Wild Dogs

    Just a horrible horrible tragedy. These stories happen from time to time and it certainly isn't the zoo or the animals fault. This poor mom has to live with this her whole life, just awful.

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    It took them 5 minutes to get to the child... I don't understand this. How many people were watching? I don't think I could just standby and watch a kid get mauled.

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    Default Re: Pittsburgh Zoo Accident: African Wild Dogs

    very tragic

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