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Old 11-06-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
 
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A toddler boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo somehow managed to fall into the wild dog exhibit and be ripped to shreds while his helpless mother watched from above. The horrific tragedy happened on Sunday and within minutes the story was everywhere with many questioning exactly how the little boy fell into the exhibit in the first place.
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I heard the mother lifted him up over the plexiglass so he could see and let him stand on the rail.
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Yes. The mother had the kid up on the railings, in a standing position, at the exhibit. Who does dumb crap like that? Those were wild animals, not cute doggies.

There is a protective net inside, but the kid bounced out of it.
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Wow. Horrible
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A toddler boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo somehow managed to fall into the wild dog exhibit and be ripped to shreds while his helpless mother watched from above. The horrific tragedy happened on Sunday and within minutes the story was everywhere with many questioning exactly how the little boy fell into the exhibit in the first place.
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No. We don't need to question zoos. We need to question the parents who decide it's a good idea to lift their children on/over SAFETY railing. It's called SAFETY for a reason. Like, damn, that entire situation could've been avoided and I bet the mother is devastated. Devastated that her toddler's gone and...well, it could've been prevented. It's just sad.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
 
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According to the Guardian she put the kid on the railing and let go of him, leaving him to balance up there.
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Toddler at Pittsburgh Zoo Killed in Painted Dog Exhibit | Video - ABC News This clip shows what the exhibit looks like and what the railings look like. Yes its a tragic thing that happened but the person at fault is not the zoo, but the mother how felt she could place her child in harms way by letting him stand on safety rails. These are wild dogs that acted in a way one would expect a wild animal to act, so you can not fault these wild dogs nor is any zoo officials or law enforcers at fault. I bet she is devastated beyond measure, this is so sad and yet should of been preventable. I read that Apparently she had lifted him up onto the rails at other exhibits also. Who in their right mind would do such a thing?
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SMDH. Not trying to kick her while she's down, but....dang.

I wish someone would have jumped in there after him.
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According to the Guardian she put the kid on the railing and let go of him, leaving him to balance up there.
I don't believe that. I just cannot.
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According to the Guardian she put the kid on the railing and let go of him, leaving him to balance up there.
I don't believe that. I just cannot.
I know what you mean. I just don't want to believe that.

Having said all that, I can't even say a negative thing about the mom. She will never be able to forgive herself for this.
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According to the Guardian she put the kid on the railing and let go of him, leaving him to balance up there.
I don't believe that. I just cannot.
I know what you mean. I just don't want to believe that.

Having said all that, I can't even say a negative thing about the mom. She will never be able to forgive herself for this.
Same here. It makes me sick to think what she must be feeling.
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I had an experience on Friday that makes it very difficult for me to judge anyone harshly again without really good evidence - definitely I won't do it based on hearsay.
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Yes. The mother had the kid up on the railings, in a standing position, at the exhibit. Who does dumb crap like that? Those were wild animals, not cute doggies.

There is a protective net inside, but the kid bounced out of it.
Yeah, I guess the net was to catch things like cameras and small items that people drop. Not to catch anything heavier.

It's just horrific, I can't imagine what that woman was thinking. Or not thinking. That poor child.
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what a terrible tragedy! i'm sure the mom never thought that would happen but sadly overzealous parents puts kids in harms way so the kids can have more of an experience or whatever. to know he suffered until he died will leave the mother shaken for life. prayers to that family and the witnesses.
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Yeah, it took a few days for the Zoo to determine what killed the kid - the fall or the dog attack. Unfortunately, it was the dog attack. Poor baby... I just hope maybe he was unconscious for it. And the mother had to watch it all happen. If it's determined she was at fault (and I think it has been), I wonder if there'll be any charges against her?
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I truly hope he died on impact and didn't have to suffer.
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I truly hope he died on impact and didn't have to suffer.
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Why the eff did she not go in after him??? I would never put my child in harm's way but I'd fight a pack of any kind of dogs to protect my child. Yes, I would. Including jumping however far down he fell to get to him.

What must she be feeling? Unable to forgive herself is not punishment enough, imo. Child endangerment and manslaughter seem like legal charges that should be brought against her.
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She'd've died, too.
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Why the eff did she not go in after him??? I would never put my child in harm's way but I'd fight a pack of any kind of dogs to protect my child. Yes, I would. Including jumping however far down he fell to get to him.

What must she be feeling? Unable to forgive herself is not punishment enough, imo. Child endangerment and manslaughter seem like legal charges that should be brought against her.
It wasn't the fall that killed him.
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She'd've died, too.
Yeah. Sadly, the alternative is not a whole lot better. How does one go on after that?
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