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BY MADISON MACK
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS



A heartbreaking story from the Pittsburgh Zoo Sunday where a 2-year-old boy was killed. NBC reports.

“...he fell about 14 feet into an enclosure at a zoo and was mauled by a pack of wild dogs. zoo officials entered the enclosure and used tranquilizer darts, but it was too late to save the boy.”

The name of the boy has not been released, but officials say he was visiting the zoo with his mother who was holding him on the railing so he could get a view of the African painted dogs.  WPXI says this.

Barbara Baker: “The keepers tried everything they could do. … They responded immediately and were able to get several of the dogs into the back up building . Veterinarians tried to use darts to get the dogs away but weren’t successful. Eventually police  had to shot one that wouldn’t move away from the child.” 

It’s unclear whether the boy was killed by the fall or by the dogs. The African painted dog is one of the most endangered dog species in the world and are bred at the zoo. They are normally about as large as medium-sized domestic dogs.

Police and the county’s medical examiner's office are investigating and the zoo plans on conducting an internal investigation as well. No decision has been made yet on the future of the exhibit.

 

Two-Year-Old Boy Mauled After Falling into Zoo Exhibit

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Nov 4, 2012

Two-Year-Old Boy Mauled After Falling into Zoo Exhibit

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

BY MADISON MACK
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS



A heartbreaking story from the Pittsburgh Zoo Sunday where a 2-year-old boy was killed. NBC reports.

“...he fell about 14 feet into an enclosure at a zoo and was mauled by a pack of wild dogs. zoo officials entered the enclosure and used tranquilizer darts, but it was too late to save the boy.”

The name of the boy has not been released, but officials say he was visiting the zoo with his mother who was holding him on the railing so he could get a view of the African painted dogs.  WPXI says this.

Barbara Baker: “The keepers tried everything they could do. … They responded immediately and were able to get several of the dogs into the back up building . Veterinarians tried to use darts to get the dogs away but weren’t successful. Eventually police  had to shot one that wouldn’t move away from the child.” 

It’s unclear whether the boy was killed by the fall or by the dogs. The African painted dog is one of the most endangered dog species in the world and are bred at the zoo. They are normally about as large as medium-sized domestic dogs.

Police and the county’s medical examiner's office are investigating and the zoo plans on conducting an internal investigation as well. No decision has been made yet on the future of the exhibit.

 

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