I am very glad to hear that the painted dogs are not going to be put down. They were only doing what they are supposed to do. When you go to the zoo you are visiting wild animals and people should know that.
I am a mother of two boys and a grandmother of two. I took my sons to the zoo here and in Rhode Island (we lived there for five years) almost every week. My boys learned to stay off the fences and rails from visiting the zoo. They also learned to respect wild and domestic animals. I never put my sons on the rail at any exhibit for the fact that things could happen! As a grandmother, I take my grandbabies as much as possible and teach them the same lessons as I taught my sons.
Why any mother would put her child on the rail to view the wild dogs is beyond me! Would she let her 2-year-old cross an intersection without holding the baby's hand?
I am not trying to judge the mother, but in the same respect, I do not want others to judge the zoo. The zoo provides quality safety, has lots of employees and there are lots of signs, fences and barriers at every exhibit.
The wild dogs were not at fault for doing what their instincts tell them to do, but the fault rests with the people who do not follow safety precautions.
My family and I will still visit the zoo on a regular basis, following the rules and showing respect!