Puma Kills 7-year-old Boy in Peru At A Zoo After He Sticks His Hand In The Cage!!!
The AP is reporting on a tragic animal attack that happened in Peru.The case exhibits the need for parental supervision of children while attending a Zoo.I often go to the San Diego and Los Angeles Zoo to sketch the animals, and often I witness children sticking things into the animal cages and pens, while the parents either do not care, or are just not paying any attention.
Inevitably,careless behavior will eventually lead to a tragic accident, if you consider normal wild animal behavior, and accident.The cages are there for a reason, as well as all of the “do not disturb the animal” signs posted all over the park.
A seven-year old boy died in the hospital on Tuesday after being attacked by a puma in a zoo in the Peruvian city of Abancay, medical officials said.
This is as unfortunate of an event as was the Sea World Shamu tragedy that ended the life of trainer Dawn Brancheau in Orlando, Florida last week, and as in that case, I believe the animal should be spared, because it was only acting in a natural manner, and did not do anything to breach the safety of the humans that were attacked and killed by them.
Both of the deaths are unfortunate, but wild animals are known to be unpredictable, hence the “wild” distinction.
This is why they are in cages and pens, and separated from the public.As in the case of Dawn, an experienced Orca trainer,even with years of experience handling these animals, even a professional can become prey for the animals that they have had a long-standing relationship with.
I believe that zoos are necessary to assist animals species that are in jeopardy of becoming extinct, but I see a need to re-evaluate how they are presented to the public, to ensure the safety of the public….as well as the animals, which are the main attraction.