(Closed) Pittsburgh Zoo incident

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m sick to my stomach over it.  So preventable. 


Post # 4
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow that is so depressing. I feel awful for everyone involved. πŸ™

Post # 5
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This makes me ill. What was that mother thinking?!

Post # 6
3776 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

This makes me so sad.  

Post # 7
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Awful, so sad for everyone πŸ™

But who dangles their kid over railings at a Zoo? Seriously that is Steve Irwin/Michael Jackson parenting stupid.

Post # 8
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That poor boy! I can’t imagine what the mother is feeling right now. :/

Post # 9
3770 posts
Honey bee
  • 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 # 11
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 13
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

well, I’m just thinking that now the mother has to live with this for the rest of her life. πŸ™

Post # 14
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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.

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