Another sad story about a child being mauled by an animal in captivity. My first thought reading this was: "Where were the adults??!!" Scarier that this happened on a school outing. Somehow the child, a 1st grader, climbed over a railing estimated to be "...four to five..." feet, then "...crossed an eight-foot gap..." and stood beside the leopard's enclosed area, trying to touch the animal. Apparently the child wanted "... a closer look" at the cat. How did they know that; did some adult tell the child it was okay? Wasn't he being watched? Wasn't there any pre-teaching involved before leaving for the zoo? Fortunately, as terrifying as it was for the child, the article implies he'll be okay, and, also fortunately, the zoo will not euthanize the leopard.
Leopard attacks child at Sedgwick County Zoo | Wichita Eagle
In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying
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