Cape Hunting Dogs Kill Toddler

Cape Hunting Dogs Devouring a Wildebeest (Masteraah/Creative Commons)

A hideous accident at the Pittsburgh zoo caused the death of a two-year-old boy. News reports like the one linked below describe a visitors and staff trying to frighten the 11 Cape hunting dogs away from the boy. They apparently needed ten minutes to get the most persistent dog to stop his  attack. That dog was shot to death. 

Cape hunting dogs, also called African wild dogs or painted wolves, are notoriously effective predators. Their pack-attacks on hoofed animals have been documented many times. However, they don't normally prey on people. One source claims there are no recorded cases of attacks on humans in the wild. Like many other animals, they are uniquely dangerous in captivity. 

Painted dogs maul, kill 2-year-old at Pittsburgh Zoo | TribLIVE

"A 2-year-old boy whose mother lifted him onto a railing to see the African painted dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium fell into the exhibit, where the animals attacked and killed him Sunday morning in front of horrified onlookers."

Thanks to James for the news tip.

1 comment:

  1. Now that's something you don´t read everyday...

    Wonder what would've happened if the escaped pack in the previous incident they describe had been surrounded by running and screaming people instead of everyone being hidden.


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