DrJay wrote:Darwin Award by proxy. Sad.
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I read many articles about this tragedy when it happened last year, in part because I visited this zoo quite a few times while I was growing up in the Pittsburgh area.
Although the mother was obviously negligent in lifting the little boy up to try to give him a better view (since his eyesight was poor), and in not holding him tightly enough when he lurched forward, I think the zoo also deserves some of the responsibility for not taking ample precautions for safety in the viewing area above the African wild dog enclosure. A railing higher than 42 inches may have been more appropriate, or maybe fencing in the upper portion of the front of the viewing platform to prevent falls, as was done on the sides of the platform.
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The zoo was evidently woefully unprepared to handle an emergency like this as well, as was evidenced by the time it took to find help, and the inability of zoo staff to stop the dogs from attacking the child.