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Old 11-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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They have a demo of the enclosure and railing in the video link posted, but show nothing of the supposed 11 ft secondary barrier in either the live video from above or the demo.

Not sure why people are acting like mom threw the toddler into the enclosure or something, what is there to sound fishy? There were witnesses who I'm sure would speak up if mom tossed or pushed or somehow otherwise caused this purposefully.
Rerun, I would love to be wrong. I hope with all my heart this was a tragic accident. Something just doesn't smell right. I don't know why the 11 ft barrier wasn't shown, but I don't think the zoo, or reporters can say it is there if it is not. The first link posted says that all the railings are at a 45 degree angle. That makes for a pretty difficult balancing act.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:36 PM   #22 (permalink)
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ETA: And as a mother, let me tell you, nothing and no one would have stopped me from getting into the enclosure, I would have gone right over the rail after him. _________
That was my first thought also. Even a couple of the grown men bystanders could have had a chance of holding off 11 dogs long enough to let help arrive.
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In the video link I posted, there is a brief interview with wildlife expert Jack Hanna. Jack said it would not have mattered if zookeepers, police or a tranquilizer gun were right there. It would not have helped. Wild dogs are vicious predators.
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The zoo isn't to blame.They took precautions to ensure everyones's safety,but they were ignored.
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My thought EXACTLY to all of the above.


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They need to look into post partum depression issues and find out if this child had any mental problems. I would expect that instinct would have overruled a mother's brain.
Nowadays nothing surprises me anymore, sadly. So many children lose their lives in the presence of their parents.
Hope the child and the dog will come to terms with each other at the rainbow bridge.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #26 (permalink)
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How absolutely tragic.

The only thing I would fault the zoo for? Not using a tranq gun instead of killing the dog ... that seems senseless to me
Well, that was the police...
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In the video link I posted, there is a brief interview with wildlife expert Jack Hanna. Jack said it would not have mattered if zookeepers, police or a tranquilizer gun were right there. It would not have helped. Wild dogs are vicious predators.
Strange. I was actually watching a National Geographic special on AFD's recently and they were VERY effected by men and tranquilizers. I suppose its because it was wild vs. captive?
Regardless, they were simply being wild animals...
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Strange. I was actually watching a National Geographic special on AFD's recently and they were VERY effected by men and tranquilizers. I suppose its because it was wild vs. captive?
Regardless, they were simply being wild animals...
I would would think that living in a zoo-they have lost their natural fear of man.
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I would would think that living in a zoo-they have lost their natural fear of man.
Lol derp... That's true- it's more the idea of a tranq not working?
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Lol derp... That's true- it's more the idea of a tranq not working?
Child Mauled to Death by Dogs at Pittsburgh Zoo | ABC News Blogs - Yahoo!

Here it says that the dog they shot was still being aggressive towards the body AKA trying to defend its "kill." I guess they didnt want it to continue to mangle the body.
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