2-year-old boy dies after falling into wild dog exhibit at Pittsburgh Zoo and being mauled

  • Article by: KEVIN BEGOS , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 4, 2012 - 11:42 PM

PITTSBURGH - A 2-year-old boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo was killed Sunday morning when he fell off a railing that his mother had put him on top of to view a pack of African painted dogs, who pounced on the child and mauled him, police said.

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elguevonNov. 4, 12 6:10 PM

Are parents nowadays just more idiotic than ever before????? It is just astounding the stupidity that we seem to hear about everyday.

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borisbadenovNov. 4, 12 6:11 PM

Sorry to hear about the boy and the dog that was killed because of a totally irresponsible mother. She needs to be charged with manslaughter.

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upnorth85Nov. 4, 12 6:38 PM

The mother should be charged for her stupidity in causing the death of the poor child. What a horrible death. How in the world can some on put their own child on top of the railings right above the dog enclosure.

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myob_STNov. 4, 12 6:42 PM

Saw a woman set her son - IN HIS STROLLER - on the railing of the polar bear exhibit at Como. She was irate when I suggested that was less than minimally-human intelligence so I called zoo staff to reinforce my assessment. PEople should have licenses to procreate!!

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webfootNov. 4, 12 6:43 PM

Oh for God's sake! I'm so sick about hearing about stupid parents on a daily basis who have no clue how to keep their children safe??? Have we completely lost a generation or two of people with no common sense???

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browncoat1Nov. 4, 12 6:50 PM

Why do people not understand that those railings are there for a reason? This is to protect you from the animals and the animals from you. Not only was a child killed because of your stupidity, but the animals, who did nothing wrong expect using their "animals instincts", were killed also. DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD(REN) ON THOSE SAFETY RAILS TO GET A BETTER VIEW!

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BUDNov. 4, 12 8:12 PM

I hope the other wild dogs are not destroyed. They did nothing wrong. You can't make safety any clearer and people still put their children at risk of attack and death. Surely this doesn't have to be taught in school. Any idiot should know this.

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aardvark878Nov. 4, 12 8:42 PM

Agreed that parents shouldn't be putting their kids in harm's way by placing them on safety barriers. I hope other parents read this story and make better choices. But have some compassion for this woman. I have a friend who lost a child (though not in this manner), and her pain is unbearable. Nobody's condemnation, and no charges, could possibly make a positive difference here. The poor woman is in life-altering agony that will haunt her forever...no need for society to add to that. My sincerest sympathy to her. I don't doubt she'd give anything to have that moment back so her child would still be here. If you've ever seen that kind of pain in someone you care about, you wouldn't be so quick to punish.

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mnrecruitNov. 5, 1212:33 PM

This, my friends, is a indirect example of why entitlement programs do NOT work. Gone are the days of survival of the fittest, those with half a brain (healthy, able-bodied adults) in their heads make it through this world relatively unscathed. Can't figure out how to make money to feed your offspring? Don't worry about it, we will do it for you. Can't figure out how to pay for a roof over your head? No worries--we've got ya! It all started when we were imposed to wear seatbelts and had to put warning labels on cups of coffee warning that the MAY be hot. World full of idiots.

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Jakein08Nov. 5, 12 6:49 PM

to mnrecruit: Yours has to be the most self rightous and mean spirited post I have ever seen on this site.

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