2 year-old boy mauled to death by wild dogs in zoo after falling into enclosure

2 year-old boy mauled to death by wild dogs

A 2-year-old boy was viciously mauled to death by a pack of wild African Painted dogs after he fell into the animals’ enclosure at the Pittsburgh Zoo Sunday morning.

Maddox Derkosh had “no chance” after he lost his balance and tumbled off the railing where his mother placed him to stand.

Maddox apparently fell head first, landing in a netting which was designed to catch small objects, not humans. Maddox bounced off the netting and onto the ground near the dogs.

Maddox Derkosh mauled by dogs

The above simulation graphic by ABC News shows how Maddox stood on the railing before he fell.

Zoo officials said the 11-foot fall didn’t kill Maddox before the dogs disemboweled the little boy. As the dogs attacked the screaming child, zoo officials fired tranquilizer darts and a police officer opened fire, killing one of the wild dogs.

“Unfortunately, the dogs were in pack mentality and not responding to zookeepers efforts to control them,” zoo officials said in a statement.

The African Painted Dogs are the most deadly predatory doglike animals of the Serengeti Plain.

Both parents were sedated after the noon accident on Sunday. “[The parents] went nowhere without Maddox. I cannot imagine the dark cloud that is following them,” said family neighbor Rachel Majcher.

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    87 Responses to “2 year-old boy mauled to death by wild dogs in zoo after falling into enclosure”

    1. 1

      OMG :sad: How did he fall in there????? RIP Maddox

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      Lucy says:

      Sandra, I read the mother put the boy on the railing and he lost his balance

    3. 3

      Tacky pic…Check

      What, no accusations?! No wondering why these parents didn’t die trying to save their baby?!

      :sarcasm:
      —-
      RIP baby!

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      steph L says:

      This is so sad! Other news outlets, were sayin the mother put him on the ledge or banister…I can only imagine her grief! Such a tragic way to die. RIP, little fellow!

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    6. 6
      renegadesince1985 says:

      :crying: This is so sad…I mean to have to watch your child eaten by a pack of animals is just….

      Why did she stand that kid up on the railing though?!?!?!

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      DeevaC says:

      Wtf would a parent let a child, especially a toddler stand on a rail while looking at wild animals? Reckless!

    8. 8

      :tea: very sad saw this on the news this morning

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      DeevaC says:

      Wtf would a parent let a child, especially a toddler stand on a rail while looking at wild animals? Reckless!
      _____________________________
      :cosign:

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      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      You know parents do things every once in awhile that, in the moment, seem innocent. It is not until there is a tragedy that they realize the harm that their own actions caused. RIP to that baby and I pray for his mom. She must be going nuts right now.

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      scorpio says:

      What’s going on with the zoos lots of accidents these days with people falling into the enclosures. Wondering if safety rules need to be revisited. I know the railing wasn’t meant to be stood on, but seems like tigers are jumping walls very easily, and then people falling in only after stepping up onto railings?

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      2cents says:

      May she forgive herself and think smarter next time around.

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      Jewelz1027 says:

      I usually dont comment but this story just turns me the wrong way…. What parent in their “RIGHT” mind would just let their child hang over railing….to see wild animals!?!? I think that mother should be convicted for “neglect”…she Neglected to make the best decision for the safety of her child….

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      R.I.P. Poor lil fellow. My sympathies go out to the grieving parents!

      But wow Sandra…where’s the ….

      “Crackhead/(Alcoholic/Hoodrat/Chickenhead….etc.) Mother Places Toddler on Rail to Die” ……

      heading that would certainly accompany this post if….well…you know?

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      Diva says:

      This is so sad!!!! What a precious little boy? That mother is going to need a lot of prayers! :pray:

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      Ty says:

      I saw this on GMA this morning. I really hope that baby died on impact and didnt suffer :pray:

      Dumb azz mother :cuss:

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      scorpio says:

      mzwhang90210 says:

      R.I.P. Poor lil fellow. My sympathies go out to the grieving parents!

      But wow Sandra…where’s the ….

      “Crackhead/(Alcoholic/Hoodrat/Chickenhead….etc.) Mother Places Toddler on Rail to Die” ……

      heading that would certainly accompany this post if….well…you know?
      ————————————————————————

      :cosign:

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      YSoSrs says:

      Like I said on Twitter, I hope the animals don’t pay for human error.

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      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      Just got out of a meeting and I’m trying to catch up. I come back to herpes, Floyd and 50 gay sex and a little boy getting eaten by dogs!!! SERIOUSLY??!!!

    20. 20
      KayCeiSoul says:

      That was a long, hard fall for a 2 year old.
      This is so sad! I can say what I would not have done, but goodness knows this family does not need any judgement at this time.
      This is awful. And there was nothing they could do. :no: :-(

    21. 21
      KyCakes says:

      So…what’s the difference between ‘African Painted Dogs’ and ‘Laughing Hyenas’?

      They look the same to me…. :thinking:

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      mzwhang90210 says:

      I :pray: that the fall immediately knocked him unconscious…and that he did NOT feel anything.

      I can’t imagine the grief of the parents.

      Hopefully this will lead the Zoo to make design changes to certain areas so that accidents like this will be less likely to occur.

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      Myaela0207 says:

      Pray for the family and anyone who witnessed it! I would be traumatized seeing something like that, whether it be my child or not. :wail:

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      brownskin A.K.A Creamy says:

      No lie if it was my child me and him would have been mauled to death, I could not sit and watch that Chyt, to save my own soul. I would have been climbing, squeezing, leaping over anything to get in there, cause If i didnt my mind would never be anygood NEVER :sad: sorry for this baby. :crying1:

    25. 25
      Buttercup says:

      :crying: Jesus be a mind, because I’m sure these parents are about to lose theirs.

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      prynsexxx says:

      I HATE THE ZOO! HATE IT! Yall take a damn animal that is use to running wild or swimming free and put it in an enclosed space the size of a postage stamp or bathtub and expect it to be ok. FOH

      I went to the zoo with my ex not too long ago and in the manatee exhibit they got heads of lettuce floating in the water. Da fvk?!

      I feel bad for the mother and that poor baby.

    27. 27

      LHM :pray: Gosh this is so sad I don’t even want to start with my own inquiries and it’s so ironic becuz this morning I was thinking about when I bought my very first akita and had my 2 year old son with me and my cousin at the time and the male grown akita was approaching my son and I was yelled to my cousin GET THE BABY she grabbed him up just in time and then I asked the owner what is wrong with his Akita and was that dog going to hurt my son – he shrugged like he never saw that before – as I reflected on that day I was sitting there thinking like OMG I would’ve been the parent at fault because I had my child around that dog – but we were looking at the puppies – in hindsight the owner should’ve kept his dog enclosed – but that mistake I made could’ve ended in tragedy – I :pray: for everyone

    28. 28
      FuturedocDonte says:

      The parents sat and watched their baby get eaten alive :mad:

      My boy coulda been down there with a saber tooth tiger and I would have been down their with him

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      brownskin A.K.A Creamy says:

      KyCakes says:

      So…what’s the difference between ‘African Painted Dogs’ and ‘Laughing Hyenas’?

      They look the same to me….
      _______________________________________________________

      african dogs sound better, to fit the story (HINT) :coffee:

    30. 30

      Prynn, I left something else downstairs for you.

      Choco :2dance:

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      YSoSrs says:

      @WHANG

      In this case, I don’t see that the zoo needs to make any changes. Stupid people will always find a way to do stupid sht no matter what is put in place to protect them from themselves. It’s just sad that this child had to pay.

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      KyCakes says:

      brownskin A.K.A Creamy says:

      KyCakes says:

      So…what’s the difference between ‘African Painted Dogs’ and ‘Laughing Hyenas’?

      They look the same to me….
      _______________________________________________________

      african dogs sound better, to fit the story (HINT)
      ———————————————————————-
      :rofl:
      That made me laugh

    33. 33
      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      I’M NOT SURE IF PEOPLE ARE ACTUALY READING THE POST ABOVE, BUT IT STATES EXACTLY HOW THE LITTLE BOY FELL

      RIP LIL MAN, NO SENSE IN STATING THE OBVIOUS, POOR DECISION TO HAVE HIM STAND UP THERE, HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20/20

      MAY GOD BRING THEM PEACE AND COMFORT IN TIME, IT WAS A MISTAKE AND A BAD ACCIDENT~

    34. 34

      I wonder what ever happened to that manatee rider :ashamed:

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      2cents says:

      The shave ice at my work is so yummy, it feels like cruches of rainbows and cotton candy!!

    36. 36
      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department :tea:

    37. 37
      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      THE STORY STATES THE CHILD WAS SCREAMING AS THE ANIMALS DISEMBOWELD HIM, NOT TO BE GRAPHIC, BUT IT’S APPARENT HE WAS NOT UNCONSCIOUS DURING THE ATTACK

    38. 38

      :2dance: @ StrangerThings :grin:

      :wave: KYCAKES, INTENSE, DIVA, 2KNOW, PRYN trying my hardest at roll call :wink: anyone I neglected to included :crying: forgive me please

    39. 39
      Oprahs Bunion says:

      YSoSrs says:

      @WHANG

      In this case, I don’t see that the zoo needs to make any changes. Stupid people will always find a way to do stupid sht no matter what is put in place to protect them from themselves. It’s just sad that this child had to pay.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      I agree.

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      This is HeartBreaking,the Mother put the baby on the ledge to get a better look and the poor Kid Lost his balance . . .
      I wonder why she didnt Jump behind him to save him?
      It was her fault for Putting him on the ledge!

      DONT YOU AGREE SANDRA?

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      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      :waves:

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      Oprahs Bunion says:

      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department

      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      THE STORY STATES THE CHILD WAS SCREAMING AS THE ANIMALS DISEMBOWELD HIM, NOT TO BE GRAPHIC, BUT IT’S APPARENT HE WAS NOT UNCONSCIOUS DURING THE ATTACK

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      EXACTLY!!!

    43. 43
      Diva says:

      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Get yo life!!!!!!! :rofl:

    44. 44
      Diva says:

      Choco :hug: hey ma!!!!!!!! :wave:

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      GellySammich says:

      KyCakes says:

      So…what’s the difference between ‘African Painted Dogs’ and ‘Laughing Hyenas’?

      They look the same to me…. :thinking:
      ____________________
      Probably size… color seems a little different too but this picture has them looking much smaller than hyenas

    46. 46
      KyCakes says:

      Choco-licious :lick: :lol:

      I know you’re strictly ****ly

    47. 47
      Fated4Greatness says:

      I read about this earlier. So sad. Those CNN commentors ripped the mother to shreds (no pun), no regards to the fact that she watched her baby get killed by dogs.

    48. 48

      Diva says:

      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Get yo life!!!!!!! :rofl:
      ————-
      I was gonna say something :lol: but I’m glad you did :lol: agane!

    49. 49
      luVn_liFe... says:

      All BS Aside Its truly Tragic :crying1:

    50. 50
      KyCakes says:

      luVn :hug:

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      SnootyPooty says:

      This is such a tragedy… OMG it was heart wrenching to read that lil Maddox was screaming while those wild animals attacked him.. (tears falling as I type this i couldn’t imagine)

    52. 52

      Choco-licious

      I know you’re strictly ****ly
      ____________________
      :lol: Did you also know I’m open minded :wink:

      Hyena’s are bigger and stronger dogs they are spotted not necessarily have a patches of black and imo far more vicious! This story is so saddening my heart hurts over it

    53. 53
      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      THIS IS TRULY ONE OF THOSE TIMES YOU WISHED THAT MEMORY ERASER SHIAT LIKE IN MEN IN BLACK REALLY EXISTED, BECAUSE I TRULY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH THIS KNOWING I CAUSED IT AND WATCHING HELPLESS AS IT HAPPENED, PUT ME IN A MEDICAL COMA AND WAKE ME UP 10 YEARS LATER, BECAUSE I WOULD TRULY BE THE WALKING DEAD ANY HOW :(

    54. 54

      I have so many questions myself but I can not logically or illogically place blame on this mother not while she had to watch her son get mauled and die and heard him screaming

    55. 55

      THIS IS TRULY ONE OF THOSE TIMES YOU WISHED THAT MEMORY ERASER SHIAT LIKE IN MEN IN BLACK REALLY EXISTED, BECAUSE I TRULY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH THIS KNOWING I CAUSED IT AND WATCHING HELPLESS AS IT HAPPENED, PUT ME IN A MEDICAL COMA AND WAKE ME UP 10 YEARS LATER, BECAUSE I WOULD TRULY BE THE WALKING DEAD ANY HOW
      _________________________
      True enough this is why I can’t blame or don’t want to blame becuz chit like this would make me take my life – she won’t ever hear him stop screaming :pray:

    56. 56

      Choco aka Hippie says:

      I have so many questions myself but I can not logically or illogically place blame on this mother not while she had to watch her son get mauled and die and heard him screaming
      ===============
      Yeah, I can’t be cruel with any opinions, just like with the mother who lost her sons :no:

      Sad! Lord please give them strength! :pray:

    57. 57
      DeevaC says:

      I should hope the parents don’t attempt to sue the zoo, I’m sure there were signs up and even if there weren’t signs up common sense should prevail in this type of situation.

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      Diva says:

      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      Diva says:

      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Get yo life!!!!!!!
      ————-
      I was gonna say something but I’m glad you did agane
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      I couldn't let this slide!!!!!! humph

    59. 59
      mzwhang90210 says:

      Oprahs Bunion says:

      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department

      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      THE STORY STATES THE CHILD WAS SCREAMING AS THE ANIMALS DISEMBOWELD HIM, NOT TO BE GRAPHIC, BUT IT’S APPARENT HE WAS NOT UNCONSCIOUS DURING THE ATTACK

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      EXACTLY!!!
      _____________________

      Apparently a few Rhodes Scholars saw something I didnt.

      Excuseeeee me for being human and missing something…fortunately there are superior intellects around to point out the minor mistakes of we lesser mortals..
      :eek:

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      brownskin A.K.A Creamy says:

      :rofl:

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      Diva says:

      mzwhang90210 says:

      Oprahs Bunion says:

      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department

      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      THE STORY STATES THE CHILD WAS SCREAMING AS THE ANIMALS DISEMBOWELD HIM, NOT TO BE GRAPHIC, BUT IT’S APPARENT HE WAS NOT UNCONSCIOUS DURING THE ATTACK

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      EXACTLY!!!
      _____________________

      Apparently a few Rhodes Scholars saw something I didnt.

      Excuseeeee me for being human and missing something…fortunately there are superior intellects around to point out the minor mistakes of we lesser mortals..

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      There is always one in the bunch!!!!!! Scholars :rofl: get yo lives!

    62. 62
      KayCeiSoul says:

      That one dog on the right kinda look like Deon Sanders. :ashamed:

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      Diva says:

      KayCeiSoul says:

      That one dog on the right kinda look like Deon Sanders.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      :rofl: the heyul….you had me scrolling up to look! :chase:

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      KyCakes says:

      Fuggin KayCei :rofl:

      Not Neon Deion….. :lol:

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      And looking at the virtual reinactment – there is just no way. NONE.
      I would not have had my baby up there without him being embraced in my arms. NO. :no:

    66. 66

      LOG AWF KAYCEI! :ghost: @ Deion Sanders

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      @KaeCeiSoul :spank: for making me go back up to look at the dog that looks like PrimeTime :newpost:

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      Ididntreallymeanit says:

      Im praying for them, I cannot image hearing my child scream while being killed. So sad.

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      @ Ky and Diva – y’all know y’all see it. And that bastid is bold as brass for looking at the camera like that.

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      supa says:

      Doesn’t Talk To Strangers and Diva:

      I don’t speak illiterate, so I’ll guess – based on your emoticon – that you think what I said was funny. Unfortunately, since we don’t speak the same language, we won’t ever agree that there is nothing funny about not being able to read and comprehend the text.

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      :hug: luV!

      On to the new post….

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      Hey Dimpz :hug:

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      Smonae80 says:

      This mom is gonna be hunted by those screams & that visual for the rest of her life.
      This is just sad, I would’ve jumped in right along with my baby. I don’t think I could’e just done nothing.

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      Diva says:

      supa says:

      Doesn’t Talk To Strangers and Diva:

      I don’t speak illiterate, so I’ll guess – based on your emoticon – that you think what I said was funny. Unfortunately, since we don’t speak the same language, we won’t ever agree that there is nothing funny about not being able to read and comprehend the text.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Whateva!!!!! would you like a piece of gum?

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      Diva says:

      KayCeiSoul says:

      @ Ky and Diva – y’all know y’all see it. And that bastid is bold as brass for looking at the camera like that.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      He sure was boldly looking into the camera!!!!!! Deon Sanders though :rofl:

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      LuvMySailor says:

      brownskin A.K.A Creamy says:

      KyCakes says:

      So…what’s the difference between ‘African Painted Dogs’ and ‘Laughing Hyenas’?

      They look the same to me….
      _______________________________________________________

      african dogs sound better, to fit the story (HINT)

      —————————————-
      I was bored at work so I googled. They are two separate species.

      Story still breaks my heart though

    77. 77
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Diva theres a :newpost: get outta here

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      QbanVee says:

      RIP to that poor lil baby… Why would any parent let their 2 yr old stand on a railing though.. You just don’t take that type of risk.. especially with hungry wolf looking dogs staring back at you…

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      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      _____________________

      Apparently a few Rhodes Scholars saw something I didnt.

      Excuseeeee me for being human and missing something…fortunately there are superior intellects around to point out the minor mistakes of we lesser mortals
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      THERE WAS NO PUN INTENDED I WAS JUST CURIOUS BECAUSE NOT ONLY YOU ASKED THE QUESTION,I WAS WONDERING IF THE POST HAD BEEN UPDATED OR SOME JUST MISSED IT SO I TOOK IT UPON MY SELF TO HELP POINT IT OUT TO THOSE WHO MAY HAVE MISSED IT

      YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SCHOLARLY OR HIGHLY INTELLECTUAL FOR THE BASICS, THAT’S KINDERGARTEN/FIRST GRADE-AND IF YOU DON’T APPLY IT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR AGE IT DOESN’T HELP ANY HOW :coffee:

      LOL IT’S ALL IN FUN, THERE IS ALWAYS SMART ARSE IN THE BUNCH :)

      PLEASE DON’T GET MAD CAUSE I ACTUALLY READ THE ARTICLE AND HELPED YOU OUT BY ANSWERING THE QUESTION-I WAS SIMPLY BEING HEPFUL :shrugs:

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      Oprahs Bunion says:

      Diva says:

      mzwhang90210 says:

      Oprahs Bunion says:

      supa says:

      Just saying….quite a few of ya’ll don’t read or aren’t too strong in the reading comprehension department

      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      THE STORY STATES THE CHILD WAS SCREAMING AS THE ANIMALS DISEMBOWELD HIM, NOT TO BE GRAPHIC, BUT IT’S APPARENT HE WAS NOT UNCONSCIOUS DURING THE ATTACK

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      EXACTLY!!!
      _____________________

      Apparently a few Rhodes Scholars saw something I didnt.

      Excuseeeee me for being human and missing something…fortunately there are superior intellects around to point out the minor mistakes of we lesser mortals..

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      There is always one in the bunch!!!!!! Scholars get yo lives!

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      I wasn’t trying to be a smart arse. I was just agreeing that some poeple overlooked some things in the article. I’m new so I don’t want to ruffle too many feathers. Carry on!

    81. 81
      supa says:

      @ INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST, you’re my sister in scholarship! I’m happy it wasn’t just me. Hot damn, there are way too many underdeveloped minds wandering these parts. Sandra needs a quality control system in place asap lol and smh…

    82. 82
      supa says:

      @Oprahs Bunion…your my scholarship kin as well!!

      :waves:

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      Oprahs Bunion says:

      @ Supa

      Hi Supa!!! I would give you the same emo wave, but I’m still working on that!

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      lola says:

      :pray: for the family

      :claps: SR scholars :rofl:

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      Daisy says:

      :rofl: at the sidebar conversation

      This story is so :sad: :cry:

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      precious1 says:

      My heart goes out to that mother to have to hear her child screaming and watch helplessly. I pray God heals her mind because it will haunt her forever. Her mother instinct didn’t kick in to jump behind him. I wonder why she let go of him on the ledge. Most times parents stand behind the toddler holding him on the railing. Those dogs probably thought it was feeding time. It is a horrific thing to witness. My prayers are with that family.

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      tchenel says:

      I HOPE and PRAY that if anything that horrible ever happened to either one of my kids (2 and 5) I would jump over that damn railing too and both of us would have to get eaten by those damn dogs. F*** that. That baby is too damn little to have to battle that alone. No sir…It is what it is.

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