WASHINGTON (AFP) – Wild dogs mauled a young child to death at a zoo in the US city of Pittsburgh on Sunday, officials said.
“It is with heavy hearts we report that a tragic accident occurred Sunday at 11:45 a.m. when a young child fell into the African painted dog exhibit and was killed,” the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium said in a statement.
A keeper succeeded in getting seven of the eleven dogs off the exhibit while a representative from the veterinarian department attempted to keep the animals away from the child by shooting darts into the space, the statement said.
“Unfortunately the dogs were in pack mentality and not responding,” the statement said.
Keepers — who entered the enclosure to lure away the dogs — failed to reach the child.
A police officer shot and killed one “aggressive” dog.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the child was a boy of about three. It quoted zoo president Barbara Baker as saying he was on an outing with his mother when he fell over a railing — and off a mesh barrier — into the exhibit.
The incident is under investigation by both the zoo and police.
According to the Wildlife Conservation Network, the painted dog, also known as the African wild dog, has drastically dwindled in numbers due to human encroachment. It estimates that currently only 3,000 remain.
The zoo’s website says the dogs — described as hunters whose prey include antelope, zebras and gazelles — are the size of medium domestic dogs.
Comments are moderated. Please keep them clean and brief.
Headlines Newsview all
A social media user Emeka Ugwuonye, has put a certain Madam Esther Otubo Nicole (pictured) on full blast for what he terms ‘Human Trafficking’. According to ... Full story
An unidentified crippled man was on Monday, crushed to unrecognizable pieces by a train in Makurdi, Benue State. The deceased’s corpse has been transferred to the ... Full story
Rate this article
- Not Again! Buhari Forgets The Full Meaning Of APC During Meeting With Obama - Video
- President Buhari Rejects Gay Marriage Offer
- HILARIOUS: Checkout 5 Top Politicians Who Were Caught Sleeping On Duty
The start of the new season brings a tweak to football's offside rule - one that could result in quite a few goals being disallowed. If ... Full story
The naira rate represents a sharp rise from N240 a week ago, as Nigerian commercial banks continue to reject cash deposits in dollars. According to reports, ... Full story
Former Nigeria international, Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed his excitement over the wins recorded by his former club, Arsenal, and the Nigeria U-23 men’s team on ... Full story
Wife of Nollywood actor, Ernest Asuzu, Jennifer, has disclosed that she feels sad about the negative reports linked with her husband. Jennifer, who works as a ...
Fuji icon, Alhaji Abass Obesere, has warned his ‘enemies’ to stop threatening his fans in Ibadan because of the regular shows he gets from show ...
Popular Comedian, Chuks D’ General, was put under intense ‘fire’ recently after his joke on Nigerian old and legendary singers went rather too far. Chuks ...
Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho threw his Community Shield runners-up medal to a young Arsenal fan after defeat at Wembley. Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho handed a young ... Full story