I can't see that millions of dollars in damages would help the mother at all.|
I don't know about criminal charges, but the zoos I visited when my kids were younger had measures in place to stop that sort of thing happening.
Reply #1. Nov 29 12, 4:58 PM
That's a terrible story but I can't see how the zoo could in anyway be held responsible. The barriers are in place for a reason and common sense should tell you it's not for sitting a two year old on top of. |
Reply #2. Nov 29 12, 5:26 PM
Because nowadays no-one is willing to accept responsibility for their own actions or omissions... It's always someone else's fault|
Reply #3. Nov 29 12, 6:11 PM
I totally agree with SisterSeagull, aside from the fact that we are the "Nation of Litigation" and some bottom-feeder is always lurking in the murk. The child first fell onto a protective netting which may have had an unfortunate trampoline-like effect instead of catching him. The mother is COMPLETELY at fault for putting her child at risk, period.|
Reply #4. Nov 30 12, 2:05 AM
I was wondering if I was the only one questioning this. I'm glad to see that I'm not. |
Reply #5. Nov 30 12, 1:45 PM
As a native Pittsburgher and one who for years has volunteered at the Zoo Boo here, this tragedy hit close to home. It should be pointed out that in 114 years of operation, this is the first and only visitor fatality at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Safety has always been a paramount concern and taken very seriously. No matter what precautions are in place, there is always someone who for whatever reasons, be they ignorance or idiocy, will find a way to skirt the safety rules and place themselves or others in danger. You can't legislate away stupidity. |
As tragic as this is, it would be a greater farce if the Pittsburgh Zoo were to be held accountable for the perhaps momentary but nevertheless appallingly bad decision on the part of the mother in this case to place a 2 year old child on a railing over an enclosure of a pack of wild dogs and let go of him. She is to blame for her son's death and will spend the rest of her life with that thought. That said, I hope she can find a measure of peace to go on in time.
Reply #6. Nov 30 12, 4:23 PM
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