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Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby viva la ben on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:27 pm

A three year old was mauled to death after falling into the african painted dogs exibit.
We are members of the zoo and my wife has taken all three of our young children by herself during the week without a second thought. What a nightmare that poor family has to deal with.



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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby Pitt87 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:32 pm

Never taking my son to the zoo... well, thats probably not true. I just can't believe things like this happen. Unfathomable tragedy.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby FreeCandy44 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:33 pm

Wow that is horrible... :(
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby columbia on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:34 pm

Police then shot and killed the dog or dogs.


Does not compute. The next round of wild beasts would do the same, if such a tragic situation arose again.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby Bioshock on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:39 pm

columbia wrote:
Police then shot and killed the dog or dogs.


Does not compute. The next round of wild beasts would do the same, if such a tragic situation arose again.


Yeah, and those dog are endangered as well. Not to sound cold, but why shoot them? The kid fell into their exhibit. It's not like they jumped out of the enclosure and killed the kid.

No winners here. Awful.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby Pavel Bure on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:40 pm

This has to be the parents fault right? That railing is pretty darn high. Were they holding him over the railing? What the eff
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby columbia on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:42 pm

it sounds like they showed very poor judgment and the worst possible outcome happened.

Fault? Not so sure about that.
Horrible mistake, yes.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby JeffDFD on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:58 pm

columbia wrote:
Police then shot and killed the dog or dogs.


Does not compute. The next round of wild beasts would do the same, if such a tragic situation arose again.


I would imagine they were trying to save the kids and get the dogs away/prevent further damage. How else could they safely recover the kid is my guess.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby JeffDFD on Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:03 pm

Pavel Bure wrote:This has to be the parents fault right? That railing is pretty darn high. Were they holding him over the railing? What the eff


Hearing rumors the mother was holding the child up high to see better.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby mac5155 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:04 pm

man that mother is never going to get over that. so sad..
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:12 pm

I'd say this is an example of Darwinism, but that little boy sure didn't deserve that outcome.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby no name on Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:19 pm

columbia wrote:
Police then shot and killed the dog or dogs.


Does not compute. The next round of wild beasts would do the same, if such a tragic situation arose again.



As a parent myself... for do respect of the parents of that child, it think they did the right thing. I know this won't be a popular opinion but i stand by it.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby PhantomJB93 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:23 pm

This is horrible and my thoughts and prayers go out to their family, that is horrifying. But I'd really like to know exactly how this happened. It's not easy for a three year old to just "fall" into an exhibit like that, either the parent(s) were doing something wildly irresponsible and holding him out over a railing, or the kid was a great climber and they let him out of their sight long enough for him to climb his way into there.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby mac5155 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:46 pm

I think they were holding him up, he leaned over, and fell out of her grasp.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby KG on Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:00 pm

mac5155 wrote:I think they were holding him up, he leaned over, and fell out of her grasp.


If that's the case, the parents should have just jumped in with the boy and fought to death...As a parent there is no recovering from that....
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby Gaucho on Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:30 pm

ExPatriatePen wrote:I'd say this is an example of Darwinism, but that little boy sure didn't deserve that outcome.


Dogs are more evolved then humans?
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby slappybrown on Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:38 pm

ExPatriatePen wrote:I'd say this is an example of Darwinism, but that little boy sure didn't deserve that outcome.

What the hell is wrong with you
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby Spangler on Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:50 pm

columbia wrote:
Police then shot and killed the dog or dogs.


Does not compute. The next round of wild beasts would do the same, if such a tragic situation arose again.


From what I read, sounds like the police shot the dog in an act to rescue the child. Doesn't say the dog was put down after the fact.

How dare they kill an animal to protect a small child. :roll:
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby Hockeynut! on Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:56 pm

I feel terrible for the mother, but this was a really terrible mistake on her part. The dogs didn't do anything "wrong", they did what was in their nature. African Wild Dogs are very efficient and "blood thirsty" hunters. The zoo will probably get sued for not having a higher fence, and perhaps rightfully so. Ultimately it's the zoo's responsibility to ensure that no one can fall into a cage. A 10 foot tall fence almost certainly would have prevented this.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby Gaucho on Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:59 pm

How high was the fence?
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby BurghersAndDogsSports on Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:04 pm

Spangler wrote:
columbia wrote:
Police then shot and killed the dog or dogs.


Does not compute. The next round of wild beasts would do the same, if such a tragic situation arose again.


From what I read, sounds like the police shot the dog in an act to rescue the child. Doesn't say the dog was put down after the fact.

How dare they kill an animal to protect a small child. :roll:


I can't speak for anyone else but I think some of the articles read like they put the dogs down afterward (kind of how you read about a vicious dog in a neighborhood attack). Which is different than shooting them to save the child.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby columbia on Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:09 pm

In fact, the linked article - before it was changed - heavily implied that.
You can't control if KDKA edits their content and doesn't note it, Spangler, but spare me the sanctimony.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby MWB on Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:16 pm

Hockeynut! wrote:I feel terrible for the mother, but this was a really terrible mistake on her part. The dogs didn't do anything "wrong", they did what was in their nature. African Wild Dogs are very efficient and "blood thirsty" hunters. The zoo will probably get sued for not having a higher fence, and perhaps rightfully so. Ultimately it's the zoo's responsibility to ensure that no one can fall into a cage. A 10 foot tall fence almost certainly would have prevented this.


What did the mother do that was a mistake? I only read the linked article, so I was wondering.
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby mac5155 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:26 pm

She was holding the kid and dropped them into the pit..
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Re: Tragedy today at Pittsburgh Zoo

Postby MWB on Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:28 pm

People really suck sometimes. Tragedy like this happens and right away blame is placed and Darwinism quips are made. Wonder if anyone knows the full story of what actually happened.
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