Not everyone is a hero. If this was tigers or lions or polar bears, how many people would jump in to save the toddler. I play with the idea that I could be such a hero, but I doubt it. And especially if I saw zoo personnel right there, I would think they might have something and maybe be trained in some way to best deal with such a situation.
Poor baby. What a massive fail on the part of the parent. This is why all the whoop-la concerning child endangering by the crocodile hunter. And if you watch Fatal Attractions, and you see people's wild pets killing people, I don't know, while it is a terrible tragedy, it should have been foreseen by the parent and guarded against.
I grew up in Cleveland, and often I was at the zoo without adults, probably from age four to ten. I think the zoo there is very safe, but it is a large zoo probably with a large budget. The Erie Zoo in PA is a small zoo. I was there about 20 years ago. I cannot really comment much about the quality of the protection and enclosures, but it would make sense that they would not be as likely to afford the same type of enclosures as the larger zoos have. I have never been to the Pittsburg Zoo, but my guess is it would be somewhere in between Erie and Cleveland in how much support and money they have to make enclosures.
While I don't think the zoo is at fault, the mother was at fault, I think the attitude is disturbing. I mean making railing such that there is a likelyhood that children would be rested there, angling them so that they would be likely to fall back instead of in, and then having a net that is open enough so that the child was able to bounce into danger. And when all their methods did fail, the attitude is that it is impossible to be failsafe. I just don't know.
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