For those of you who don't know, here are the facts:
**The mother lifted her 2 year old child up to a standing position onto the railing surrounding the observation deck, to get a better view. The railing in question is the only area where there is not upper protective fencing and is about 15 feet from the ground with a protective safety net below. (see photos below)
** There is a viewing area for small children under the railing.
**Almost immediately after being placed on the railing, the child lost his balance and fell, landing on the safety net below.
**The child bounced on the net two times then fell into the enclosure inhabited by the African Painted Dogs.
**Zoo personnel responded within minutes and tried several methods of luring the dogs away from the child.
**Three dogs could not be lured away and mauled the child to death.
**From personal experience, the Pittsburgh Zoo has an abundance of signage throughout the grounds reminding guests to stay off railings, ledges, rocks, etc... I do not know what sort of signs were on the railing of this particular exhibit.
**This entire incident unfolded in a space of about 5 minutes.
**African Painted Dogs are the most endangered species of dog in the world, with fewer than 5,000 left in the wild.
Here is a photo of the actual viewing platform:
Here is a close up of the area of the railing child fell from:
It's Feedback Friday...
Do you think the zoo is at fault for not creating a failproof exhibit?
Should this endangered species of dog be euthanized because of this incident?
Should the mother accept any blame in this case for her actions that day?