Boy Killed After Falling Into Wild Dog Zoo Exhibit

The Associated Press reports that a 2-year-old boy was killed Sunday, when he fell 11 ft into an African Painted dog enclosure at the Pittsburgh zoo. His mother had been holding him on the rail to get a closer view of the animals. Zookeepers responded immediately and tried to subdue the dogs with tranquilizer darts. They were able to draw several of the dogs away from the child, but police had to shoot one, who refused to back away. It is unclear whether the boy died from the fall into the exhibit or from the dog attack said Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Authorities have yet to release the identity of the mother and child.

Steve Feldman, a spokesman for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said no one he’s spoken to can recall any deaths of children at an accredited zoo over the last 40 years or more. Feldman said the Pittsburgh Zoo successfully completed its five-year review in September, which means it meets or exceeds all safety standards.