Post # 1
Just saw this today as an update from a story on yahoo I saw last week. This story horrified me and as much as I’d love to say I feel for the family involved… part of me as a mom-to-be wonders how in the world any sane mother would place her two year old on a railing over a dangerous exibit at the zoo. 🙁 Very sad story.
I didn’t see it anywhere on the hive so I thought to share. Apparently the boy died from the dogs, not from the fall (14 ft I believe).
My thoughts go to everyone involved, I sure hope the zoo doesn’t have charges pressed against them. :/
Post # 3
I’m sick to my stomach over it. So preventable.
Post # 4
Wow that is so depressing. I feel awful for everyone involved. 🙁
Post # 5
This makes me ill. What was that mother thinking?!
Post # 7
Awful, so sad for everyone 🙁
But who dangles their kid over railings at a Zoo? Seriously that is Steve Irwin/Michael Jackson parenting stupid.
Post # 8
That poor boy! I can’t imagine what the mother is feeling right now. :/
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
That’s terrible. I can’t believe the mother thought it would be okay to put her son on the top of a railing!! It’s disgusting that such negligence resulted in the death of her child and the death of an innocent animal (innocent at least in that it was only acting on instinct).
Post # 10
I’m still trying to figure out how… did she let him go to ballance on his own? or did she simply not hold tight enough? I really hope the zoo doesn’t get sued over this.
Post # 11
This story is so sad. But I can’t believe any parent would think it is a good idea to set their child on top of the barrier of the exhibit. Just stupid!
I really hope that all of the animals aren’t killed over this (it’s sad that they already killed one).
Post # 12
@elysion: my husband and I were talking about it the other night. As horrible as it is, if she is the kind of mother to do such risky things, chances are the kid would have gotten hurt from something else. It’s just horrific, though. 🙁 I can’t imagine. Another thought is….. why didn’t she jump in after him? I’d think it’d be basic instinct for me as a mother!
Post # 13
well, I’m just thinking that now the mother has to live with this for the rest of her life. 🙁
Post # 14
I’m torn on this. On one hand, this mom is going to have to live with the fact that her child was literally mauled to death by wild animals because she was careless. And I feel bad for her. Then I remember that her child was mauled to death because she was careless. And I feel bad for the adorable, precious 2 year old that lost his life.
I’ve been to the Pittsburgh Zoo a number of times, since it’s not too far from my house. That habitat is pretty popular, and a number of safety measures were installed, such as netting on all by 1 side of the outlook, high railings, and an angled top board of the railing that leans back towards the viewer. This is to prevent people from falling in if they lose their balance while standing/leaning on the railing (while totally disobeying posted zoo signage and common sense.) There’s even a safety net below the opening in case someone did fall in. The child was so light he bounced and rolled off the net.
I won’t pretend to know what I would do if I were in that situation, but I certainly wouldn’t be standing up there while my child is being attacked by wild dogs. I’m sorry if that’s graphic, but standing there screaming clearly didn’t do much. These are wild, pack animals – people forget that about animals in captivity.
This case has polarized the city. Some people sympathize, some want her arrested on manslaughter charges. One thing is for certain: more people need to obey posted safety messages and listen to common sense. This was an entirely preventable tragedy.
Post # 15
This is so heartbreaking; because it could have been prevented.
Never would I place a child on a railing like that! Are you effing kidding me?!
Yes it is so sad for the family and to know that the child suffered; but WHY WAS THIS CHILD PLACED THERE?!
Post # 16
She should go to jail for what she did, grief or no grief. There is no room for a “slip in judgement” when it comes to small children and wild animals.