Pittsburgh zoo deck being removed after boy's death
PITTSBURGH (KABC) -- The Pittsburgh Zoo is removing an observation deck from which a 2-year-old fell from before wild African dogs mauled him to death.
The boy, who had vision issues, leaned forward and fell into the exhibit after his mother lifted him onto a wooden rail overlooking the enclosure. He was immediately attacked by the dogs and bled to death.
The mother won't face any charges in the Nov. 4 death. Prosecutors called the boy's death a "tragic accident." The district attorney's office is still investigating whether anyone at the zoo might face criminal charges.
The wooden platform is surrounded by wooden rails about 4 feet high and, below the front railing and on the sides of the platform, clear plastic or metal mesh to prevent anyone from going into the exhibit about 10 feet below. But in front of the platform, there is nothing to prevent someone from falling into the exhibit.
The exhibit was closed indefinitely, and the dogs were being quarantined for at least 30 days. It was not yet known if the dogs would be exhibited in the same open-air enclosure again. Zoo workers are checking other exhibits to make sure they're safe.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
animal news, national news
- Fallbrook bus crash: 1 dead, several injured
- Tour bus overturns on 15 Freeway in Corona
- Baca says special hiring program dismantled 32 min ago
- London theater partial collapse; 75+ hurt
- Kelly Thomas trial: Cause of death revisited
- Moorpark High closed after threatening note
- Kate Middleton phone messages read in court
- 4.6-magnitude Mexico quake felt in SoCal
- abcnews: Missing medical resident's car found
- Report finds bacteria on 97 percent of chicken
- Local woman receives seizure-treating implant
- Kobe Bryant injured again, will miss 6 weeks
- Farrah Fawcett portrait belongs to O'Neal
- OTRC: Kristen Johnston diagnosed w/ Lupus Myelitis