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Re: S/O of Dog park: Toddlers and active construction site
« Reply #45 on: March 14, 2013, 07:12:57 PM »
A zoo story with a tragic ending (for the animals)-- several years ago, a child climbed up and reached into the meerkat enclosure.  She was bitten.  The child's parents didn't want her to have to "suffer" a series of rabies shots, so the entire family of meerkats was put down to test for rabies.  They were negative.  I am still livid that anybody would 1) allow their child to climb up and stick their hands out to wild animals and 2) kill innocent animals to avoid a small amount of pain to their child (rabies shots are much less invasive/painful than they used to be, but in any case, I think the shot should be preferred over killing animals that show no outward signs of being ill).
And this was no toddler.  The child was NINE.  Old enough to know better.  Old enough to understand rabies shots as a consequence for her behavior.

I remember that story!!!!!  I lived in MN (it was the Minnesota Zoo where it happened) at the time; I was so mad at that stupid 9 yr old and those horrible parents. 

On a lighter note, there was an occasion when a child fell into the gorilla exhibit, and a female gorilla gently picked him up and carried him to the zookeeper access door.

Yes, and the kid and the gorilla were both doing fine (at least as of a few years ago).   :)