How tragic! To learn that little Maddox's death could have been prevented by some plexiglass or fencing. Really! This just compounds an already terrible tragedy that has befallen this family.
To the Pittsburgh zoo I say, "Liar, liar, pants on fire." They have denied from the very beginning that they had any idea there was a potential danger with this exhibit. There are notations, as well as recordings of meeting minutes, showing at least four times where this problem had been noted and discussed. This was all done before Maddox was even born! How pathetic that the "high-ranking" zoo officials were all so negligent in their responsibilities to the public and their safety.
Both plexi-glass and fencing are cheap and a preventive repair would have been easy and readily affordable had the "active safety committee" taken action any one of the times they had been forewarned of this potential danger.
Guess these same "high-ranking" zoo officials and their infamous "active safety committee" are still not paying attention. Now parents, as witnessed by my daughter two weeks ago, dangle their children over this same area to see the rhinos. Another tragedy waiting to happen!
They say hindsight is 20/20, but looking back at this only proves that a senseless death of a young child could have been prevented for a few measly dollars!