I have been following the zoo story about the death of a 2-year-old at the African painted dogs exhibit since day one. My heart and sincere sympathy go out to the parents and their family for the loss of their son. However, I'm also angry. I'm angry because the people of Pittsburgh and other areas will not be able to see these beautiful animals. Basically, the people who love and support the zoo are being punished for someone else's lack of common sense.
It seems as if today, parents don't want to take responsibility for their children or their own actions. Every tragedy seems to be someone else's fault. It's the school's, the teacher's, the coach's or, in this case, the zoo's fault. The mother of that little boy used poor judgment. It is not anyone's fault that she chose to lift her son onto a rail. Her mistake in judgment caused a horrific, tragic accident. Holding the zoo responsible will not bring her son back.
Too many parents think their child is entitled to certain things. Why did this mother feel as though her son needed a closer look at the dogs than anyone else? Would she herself have stood on the rail? I'm betting not. I think these parents need to accept this incident as an accident.
Sometimes unexplainable, tragic things occur in life. We can't blame every misfortune on someone else, no matter how heart-wrenching it may be. Parents need to recognize this and teach their children this. Their children will grow up to be stronger adults in the end.