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Two-Year-Old Boy Dies After Fall Into Zoo Habitat

Two-Year-Old Boy Dies After Fall Into Zoo Habitat

It's easy to be lulled into a sense of safety at the zoo, but the death of a two-year-old boy at the Pittsburgh Zoo this past weekend reminds us that zoos house wild animals, not trained or well-behaved pets.

The boy's mother put him up on the four-foot tall wall at the wild African dogs exhibit to get a better look at the animals, but he lost balance and fell into the pit, where he was attacked by the animals he'd been trying to view. Zoo keepers were able to get seven of the dogs off the boy, but three more wouldn't leave, and staff eventually had to shoot one.

At this point in the investigation, police say it isn't clear whether the boy was killed by the drop, which was more than a story, or the wild dogs.

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