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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl Comments on Zoo Mauling

Bringing attention back to the horrific tale of the boy who was mauled at the Pittsburgh Zoo a few weeks ago, witnesses are coming forward and saying that the zoo's response was inadequate when the mauling happened.

These witnesses recently gave some insight into the zoo mauling and what really happened as they saw it, to Pittsburgh's KDKA News.

Additionally, the Mayor of Pittsburgh has spoken out, calling for changes to the zoo, in light of the attack on the young boy, reports KDKA.

We hate to recap such a brutal tale, but the details are important. A two-year-old boy was mauled to death at the African Painted Dogs exhibit when he fell out of his mother’s arms and into a pit housing the endangered dogs. This happened at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on November 4.

While some may say it was the fault of the mother, for allowing her child to get too close to the rails, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is saying that fault doesn’t matter and that precautions should be taken so that an incident such as this one is never repeated.

But would such remedial measures impact the zoo’s liability? Do subsequent remedial measures serve as an admission of liability? The legal answer to that is no. If they did serve as admission of fault, then it would certainly deter anyone from fixing hazardous issues, out of fear of incrimination.

The witnesses at the scene claim that the zoo officials didn’t respond fast enough and that the poor toddler was found in a crouched position, shielding himself from the attack (demonstrating that it was the mauling and not the fall that killed the boy).

Zoo officials deny the claim that employees weren’t there in time. They claim that a zoo keeper removed seven of the dogs during the attack.

What comes of this story, we have yet to see. But it’s nevertheless a horrific tale and one which the zoo is unlikely to forget anytime soon.

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