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Pittsburgh Zoo official, witnesses discuss fatal mauling of child at African painted dogs exhibit
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 4, 2012 | Don Hopey and Karen Kane

Posted on 11/04/2012 2:29:46 PM PST by EinNYC

A little boy was mauled to death today after falling into the African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium.

"The screams just kept coming and coming: 'Someone help. Someone has to do something,'" recounted Angela Cinti, 20, of Bethel Park, who was visiting the zoo today.

Zoo President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Baker said the child, who was about 3 years old, was on an outing with his mother when he fell over a wooden railing and off of a mesh barrier where the painted dogs were on display. A zoo spokeswoman said the wooden railing is 4 feet in height and the lower mesh barrier is 14 feet above the open exhibit space.

A news release distributed by zoo officials said keepers cleared seven of the 11 dogs after the child fell into the exhibit. Though darts were shot into the exhibit in an effort to scare the dogs away from the child, the news release indicated that "unfortunately, the dogs were in pack mentality and not responding."

Pittsburgh police officers and keepers attempted to lure the dogs away but one "aggressive" dog was shot and killed by an officer.

The African painted dog exhibit debuted after the October 2009 birth of the pups. A surrogate mutt was drafted into service for the nine pups after their natural mother died of a ruptured uterus. In the spring of this year, nine of the 11 painted dogs escaped a section of their enclosure causing a brief shutdown of the zoo.

Ms. Baker said at that time on May 5 that the dogs got into a 1.5-acre "backup yard" not visible to the public, but the dogs were not out of their exhibit.

African painted dogs are an endangered species.

(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


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KEYWORDS: childkilled; dogs; maul; pittsburgh; zoo
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OMG. I've seen wildlife documentaries showing a pack of these vicious critters ripping a living buffalo apart. I can't imagine what they left of a 3 year old kid. How on earth did he fall through the so-called protective fence? The Zoo better be ready to pony up some major bucks after the mother sues.
1 posted on 11/04/2012 2:29:47 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

It’s a foreshadowing of Weds Nov 7 2012.


2 posted on 11/04/2012 2:34:24 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: EinNYC

And God, the Father who loves, where were You?


3 posted on 11/04/2012 2:38:38 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: EinNYC
This past summer at the zoo, I saw some parents put their young child on top of the protective wall of one of the enclosures. They were not even holding the child. I thought that was pretty insane.

It is not always the zoo's fault. The visitors need to have some minimum common sense and responsibility. If they are going to lift up their child to get a better view, they better hold the child outside of the protective fence.

4 posted on 11/04/2012 2:42:55 PM PST by Moorings
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To: yldstrk

Waiting with open arms to welcome him home


5 posted on 11/04/2012 2:51:10 PM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: yldstrk

Sounds like you want to blame evil on God. Where was the child’s mother?


6 posted on 11/04/2012 2:58:10 PM PST by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: EinNYC
how does a 2yr old fall over a 4' railing???
7 posted on 11/04/2012 3:01:21 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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8 posted on 11/04/2012 3:01:24 PM PST by randita
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To: EinNYC
one "aggressive" dog was shot and killed by an officer.

Every time someone calls 911 a "pit bull" gets its wings.

9 posted on 11/04/2012 3:09:10 PM PST by Reeses
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To: yldstrk

“And God, the Father who loves, where were You?”


Our Sovereign God knows what is best. When we get to heaven we will learn why he allowed what he did. But for now, we know God is, “Waiting with open arms to welcome him home.”

The boy is in heaven, with Jesus and the Father... there is no better place.

Amen.


10 posted on 11/04/2012 3:11:41 PM PST by RCFlyer
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To: yldstrk

The same place He always is - everywhere.


11 posted on 11/04/2012 3:26:34 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: EinNYC
Sounds like another idiotic "prop the kid up in a dangerous place for a photo op" moment gone bad.
12 posted on 11/04/2012 3:40:56 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: EinNYC
I viewed this exhibit on my very first visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo this past summer and the exhibit made me physically ill to see and one thought entered my mind...that kids should not see the animals as they could end up frightened of dogs that are ones pets..

when I got home I did an internet search about the ‘African painted dogs’ and mentioned to my hubby, that I thought that exhibit should not be...

endless to say it was my First visit and will be my last...there was nothing there that impressed me at all, I was very disappointed..and of course I was comparing it to the Cleveland Zoo and there was NO comparison..

and the zoo's entrance fees are totally ridiculous

13 posted on 11/04/2012 3:43:04 PM PST by haircutter
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To: RCFlyer

Agreed. Amen!


14 posted on 11/04/2012 4:12:57 PM PST by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: yldstrk

Psalm 22


15 posted on 11/04/2012 4:21:08 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: yldstrk

He’s always right there. Sounds like you had a loss that hurt you. I’ve had a couple of very bad things happen too.

Christ is never far away. Things don’t always work out the way we’d like them to in this life, but eternal life is the trade-off. God called this child home for some reason. It is not my place to question.


16 posted on 11/04/2012 4:42:59 PM PST by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: yldstrk
And God, the Father who loves, where were You?

The same place He was when His only-begotten Son was nailed to a cross at Golgotha c. 33 AD.

17 posted on 11/04/2012 4:43:53 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: yldstrk

He’s always right there. Sounds like you had a loss that hurt you. I’ve had a couple of very bad things happen too.

Christ is never far away. Things don’t always work out the way we’d like them to in this life, but eternal life is the trade-off. God called this child home for some reason. It is not my place to question.


18 posted on 11/04/2012 4:44:13 PM PST by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: yldstrk

He’s always right there. Sounds like you had a loss that hurt you. I’ve had a couple of very bad things happen too.

Christ is never far away. Things don’t always work out the way we’d like them to in this life, but eternal life is the trade-off. God called this child home for some reason. It is not my place to question.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 4:44:33 PM PST by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: yldstrk

Victor Frankl wrote a book entitled MANS SEARCH FOR MEANING. He was a Jewish Psychiatrist imprisoned in a Nazi death camp during World War Two. I don’t have his book here, but I believe he wrote of man’s three great fears.
1. Fear of being alone.
2. Fear of pain.
3. Fear of death.

I have been struck that he mentioned three fears. I am reminded of Paul when he writes of “Faith, Hope and Love (Charity)”. He lists three things. Do you see how Paul’s list matches up with and answers Frankl’s three fears? Read them both and think about them. You are not alone.


20 posted on 11/04/2012 4:47:25 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: EinNYC
The Zoo better be ready to pony up some major bucks after the mother sues.

It should be from prison where she should be for child neglect, child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter.

21 posted on 11/04/2012 5:10:12 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Trained by English Setters)
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To: blueunicorn6

Yes, that is right. He lived for his wife I believe. He certainly did not want to live at all at the time. His life was curse.


22 posted on 11/04/2012 5:12:21 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: frogjerk

Thank you


23 posted on 11/04/2012 5:13:58 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Sounds like another idiotic "prop the kid up in a dangerous place for a photo op" moment gone bad.

Indeed, another article said the mother set him on top of the barrier "so he could see better".

24 posted on 11/04/2012 5:18:45 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You don’t want to know what parents used to do with their children when encountering bears at town dumps in the Adirondacks back in the 70’s...


25 posted on 11/04/2012 5:21:19 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: yldstrk

And God, the Father who loves, where were You?


Maybe it would be truer to ask:

And human mother, whom your Father gave free will and entrusted with the care of this beloved child, where were you? :(


26 posted on 11/04/2012 5:30:40 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: yldstrk

And God, the Father who loves, where were You?


Maybe it would be truer to ask:

And human mother, whom your Father gave free will and entrusted with the care of this beloved child, where were you? :(


27 posted on 11/04/2012 5:33:27 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: haircutter

Not the first time someone has died at this zoo.

Many animals have died of unnatural causes as well.

At a minimum, they need a complete management overhaul.

I wouldn’t mind I’d they shut it down. Could be turned I to inner-city playground/amusement park.

Very sad.


28 posted on 11/04/2012 6:15:58 PM PST by GEC (We're not drilling in ANWR because....)
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To: SaraJohnson

It’s the responsibility of the zoo to make its walkways and viewing areas safe. To protect the public from things that might lead to tragedy. Some idiot designer constructed a dangerous viewing area probably because they didn’t want to separate the animals from the human watchers and impede the feeling that we are all one in the world, some crap like that. So they made the barrier too short.


29 posted on 11/04/2012 6:26:46 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: yldstrk

I think you are wrong. Frankl wrote of the people who committed suicide. He could have committed suicide, but he didn’t. He found purpose in helping his fellow camp mates. In the midst of horror and despair, he found a reason to keep going. To help others.....love......charity. Read Frankl again and read Paul’s writings. I think that it is there that you will find your answer. Read The Sermon on the Mount.


30 posted on 11/04/2012 6:28:45 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SaraJohnson

It’s the responsibility of the zoo to make its walkways and viewing areas safe. To protect the public from things that might lead to tragedy. Some idiot designer constructed a dangerous viewing area probably because they didn’t want to separate the animals from the human watchers and impede the feeling that we are all one in the world, some crap like that. So they made the barrier too short.


31 posted on 11/04/2012 6:28:49 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: SaraJohnson

It’s the responsibility of the zoo to make its walkways and viewing areas safe. To protect the public from things that might lead to tragedy. Some idiot designer constructed a dangerous viewing area probably because they didn’t want to separate the animals from the human watchers and impede the feeling that we are all one in the world, some crap like that. So they made the barrier too short.


32 posted on 11/04/2012 6:29:25 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: yldstrk

I think you are wrong. Frankl wrote of the people who committed suicide. He could have committed suicide, but he didn’t. He found purpose in helping his fellow camp mates. In the midst of horror and despair, he found a reason to keep going. To help others.....love......charity. Read Frankl again and read Paul’s writings. I think that it is there that you will find your answer. Read The Sermon on the Mount.


33 posted on 11/04/2012 6:30:11 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: yldstrk

I think you are wrong. Frankl wrote of the people who committed suicide. He could have committed suicide, but he didn’t. He found purpose in helping his fellow camp mates. In the midst of horror and despair, he found a reason to keep going. To help others.....love......charity. Read Frankl again and read Paul’s writings. I think that it is there that you will find your answer. Read The Sermon on the Mount.


34 posted on 11/04/2012 6:30:52 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ciexyz
It’s the responsibility of the zoo to make its walkways and viewing areas safe.

They did, but it is nearly impossible to make things idiot proof.

35 posted on 11/04/2012 6:38:08 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Trained by English Setters)
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To: yldstrk

Sometimes kids just fall into dog pits. Everything is not God’s plan.


36 posted on 11/04/2012 6:45:26 PM PST by Vermont Lt (The dude abides.)
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To: yldstrk

The best book about trying to understand what people endured in the holocaust.

I try to retread it every couple of years.


37 posted on 11/04/2012 6:48:00 PM PST by Vermont Lt (The dude abides.)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


38 posted on 11/04/2012 9:08:49 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


39 posted on 11/04/2012 9:09:03 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


40 posted on 11/04/2012 9:09:11 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


41 posted on 11/04/2012 9:09:11 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


42 posted on 11/04/2012 9:09:11 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


43 posted on 11/04/2012 9:09:17 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


44 posted on 11/04/2012 9:09:17 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Vermont Lt

read the book by Rudi Vrba (that is the correct spelling) if you want a real eye-opener.


45 posted on 11/04/2012 9:09:17 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

Okay, okay...I will check it out!


46 posted on 11/04/2012 9:18:18 PM PST by Vermont Lt (The dude abides.)
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To: EinNYC

I’ve seen people put little kids on the rail over the Alligator lagoon at the St. Augustine gator farm.


47 posted on 11/04/2012 10:36:30 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: EinNYC

The idiot mother stood the child on the fence, he immediately fell into the enclosure and in minutes was torn up.


48 posted on 11/05/2012 1:47:25 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: STYRO

She supposedly put the boy on the railing to see the dogs and he supposedly fell. She should be prosecuted.


49 posted on 11/05/2012 5:08:36 AM PST by PghBaldy
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To: EinNYC

We recently moved to a suburb of Pittsburgh and went to the zoo a few weeks ago.

I found it overpriced, extremely crowded and rather grungy.

That said, the only way you’re going to have a tragedy like this is through sheer stupidity. We never once worried about critters munching on our kids, because we respected the barriers.

Then again, you’d be surprised at what some people will do.

For now, I’m chalking this one up to another sad, yet TOTALLY avoidable, thinning of the herd.


50 posted on 11/05/2012 5:33:49 AM PST by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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