An AP article. Follow the link to see why you shouldn't put a 2 year old on top of a railing over an area with an 11-14 foot drop (depending on zoo's or police's version). This happened at the Pittsburgh Zoo, which was closed yesterday after the incident.
A two year old child died after falling into the painted dog exhibit. These are very endangered African wild dogs. Apparently some must be available to zoos, as I saw a sign at the St Louis Zoo, where they are constructing a new painted dog exhibit.
Zoos can take all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both zoo visitors and animals, but sometimes you just can't anticipate people doing very foolish things.
The St Louis Zoo had a cheetah escape for a brief time some years ago shortly after they had opened a new exhibit. They thought that the moat was deep enough, but they didn't anticipate the leaping ability of a female cheetah who wasn't accepting the advances of the male cheetah. No one was hurt. The cheetahs were tame enough that the keepers could go in and walk in the enclosure with them. That's not going to happen with the other big cats. Needless to say, the heavy equipment came out and that moat got a whole lot deeper. It's been fine since, but it sure gave some zoo visitors there at the time something to talk about. The keeper just came and put a collar on the animal and led it back.
What are your opinions on this subject?