Poor exhibit design and a blatant disregard of an employee's warnings led to Maddox Derkosh's death at the Pittsburgh Zoo last fall. Period. For the zoo to now blame the boy's mother is unconscionable.
The zoo had installed impenetrable barriers between spectators and other dangerous animals such as lions, tigers and bears, then created exhibits that invite personal interaction with the animals (such as the stingray exhibit where children can touch the de-barbed rays). What perception of the dogs did the zoo instill in the public with the lax design of the wild dogs exhibit?
Spectators rely on the experts at the zoo to protect them from dangerous animals. The zoo created a dangerous pit filled with wild dogs that had no viable escape route and responded in a sadly incompetent manner with dummy tranquilizer darts. Shame, shame, shame.