No Changes at Brookfield Zoo in Wake of Pittsburgh Attack

Toddler mauled by African painted dogs after falling into habitat

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    A 2-year-old boy on Sunday fell into an African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo. (Published Monday, Nov 5, 2012)

    Brookfield Zoo officials said Monday they're not doing anything differently after African wild dogs attacked and killed a toddler at a Pittsburgh zoo over the weekend.

    Still, officials said they often take a second look at their own procedures as events warrant.

    "We have, like all other accredited institutions, procedures and policies that we follow in the event of an accident -- even a person having a heart attack -- and we also drill on those events too," said Bill Zeigler, the Brookfield Zoo's Senior Vice President of Collections and Animal Programs.

    A 2-year-old boy on Sunday fell into an African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo. The boy's mother put him on a railing to view the animals, officials said, and the boy fell 11 feet and was attacked by the dogs.

    He said a fence and a moat system helps prevent visitors from falling in.