Thursday, 8 November 2012

Pictured: Boy, 2, mauled to death at zoo after falling into African wild dog pit

  • Maddox Derkosh fell over railing about 12pm on Sunday at Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
  • Dogs developed 'pack mentality' and could not be stopped by zookeepers who fired darts at them
  • Police officer opened fire and killed one dog that would not stop mauling boy
  • Both parents are currently being medicated to deal with shock 
This is the tragic two-year-old boy who was mauled to death by a pack of ravenous African wild dogs after he fell off a zoo railing his mother put him on to get a better view of the animals on Sunday.

Maddox Derkosh had 'no chance' of surviving after falling 11 feet into the dog pit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium while his horrified parents Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh looked on helpless.

Desperate rescue attempts by zookeepers and armed police officers could not deter the 11 aggressive beasts as they savagely attacked the two-year-old, from Pleasant Hills, on Sunday morning.

A medical examiner concluded today that the toddler was killed by the animals, not by the fall.

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