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PostSubject: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 12:16 am

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/05/zoo-no-time-to-save-child-mauled-by-african-painted-dogs/?hpt=hp_t4

It happened in seconds. A 2-year-old boy slipped over a railing, bounced into a safety net, bounced again, and tumbled into an exhibit of African painted dogs, which mauled him to death.

The heartbreaking scenario came to light Monday as the Pittsburgh Zoo released details of the child's death Sunday.

If someone had jumped in to save him, would it have helped? "In my professional opinion, no," zoo President Barbara Baker, a veterinarian, said at a news conference today. "There were 11 dogs in the exhibit."

Although there were zoo officials within feet of the exhibit, and others rushed to the scene, it was too late – it was clear the child was dead, Baker said. "There was no reason to send our staff into harm's way" at that point, she said.

An emergency weapons team and the police arrived. The dogs were moved to another area and are now quarantined. But one dog refused to leave. The police needed to access the scene so, with the zoo's approval, two officers opened fire, killing the remaining dog.

The medical examiner found that the little boy did not die from the fall, Baker said.

Railings throughout the zoo are designed to make it difficult to place children on them, Baker said. They're at a 45-degree angle so that if a child is placed on one and falls, he or she would hopefully fall backward, away from the animal enclosure, she said.

Pittsburgh police say the child was with his 34-year-old mother when he fell from the top of a platform railing and "was immediately attacked by eleven dogs inside the pen."

"Homicide investigators have interviewed several witnesses and zoo personnel, and the investigation is ongoing," police said in a written statement.

Asked whether the zoo takes responsibility for not creating a fail-proof system, Baker responded, "We do everything we possibly can," and "we evaluate it every single day." There is "no such thing as a fail-proof exhibit," she said.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums will require a report from the zoo, and if it deems necessary, will send an investigative team, Baker said.

All the dogs had physicals in September, which include rabies shots, she said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected the zoo in September and found no deficiencies, she said. The agency, by law, will return for a follow-up inspection.

Baker did not say whether or how procedures may change as a result of the accident. The zoo has never faced this kind of tragedy, she said.

The zoo will reopen tomorrow, but the African painted dogs exhibit is closed until further notice.

The child has not been identified, and his family has made no public statement.
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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 11:40 am

That is terrible. I wish I could get an image of how the railings were set up to be able to understand how the child fell through. No matter though, this is very sad and devastating for all involved.

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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 7:13 pm

It is a sad story. When I first heard about this story on the news, the first thing that came to mind was how can a mother be so stupid as to put a child up on the railing. Those railings are there for a reason. But after a few days, the thought of this mother having to live with a tragic decision she made, I do feel bad for her. We've all done really irresponsible things at least once in our lives. I know there were 11 wild dogs, but I think if that were my child, I would have jumped in to try to save my child. Even if it cost me my own life.
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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 8:23 pm

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/short-pittsburgh-zoo-reopens-fatal-mauling-article-1.1197551

This part in the article makes me want more information.

Police were continuing to investigate the incident Tuesday but said it was too early to speculate whether criminal charges will be brought against the mother.

RIP sweet baby Maddoxx.
Crying or Very sad

Edited to spell the boys name correctly. Sad
Hope I got it right that time.



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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 8:25 pm

I got the feeling she froze,she would have never saved the child even if she did jump in.

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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 8:29 pm

This doesn't look like a safe enclosure at all.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228712/Pittsburgh-zoo-death-Maddox-Derkosh-bled-death-mauled-African-wild-dogs-fell-pit-zoo--reopen-today.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Maybe the animals were safe but that looks like a garden gazebo.
Not a safe structure to be viewing dangerous animals from.
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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 8:41 pm

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/05/article-2227757-15DD456E000005DC-87_634x382.jpg

I don't get the pics at all.

How did the mom hoist him up?
Where is the opening in the gazebo to lift a child over a railing?


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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Tue 06 Nov 2012, 10:56 pm

Jerseyfivedogs wrote:
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/05/article-2227757-15DD456E000005DC-87_634x382.jpg

I don't get the pics at all.

How did the mom hoist him up?
Where is the opening in the gazebo to lift a child over a railing?



The part of the gazebo that has that netting underneath is not screened in like the rest of the gazebo. The mother lifted him up and when he fell, he did not land in the netting underneath. I think the zoo should have enclosed the whole gazebo to keep people from doing things like this mother did.
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PostSubject: Re: Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs   Wed 07 Nov 2012, 3:01 pm

I seen that on the news. It's terrible and I hate to judge but if I was that mother (and I would never allow my child up on the railing) I would have held on to him for dear life or jumped in after him.
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