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Pittsburgh Zoo's 2013 Calendar Features Painted Dogs That Mauled Child

The African painted dogs mauled a 2-year-old Whitehall boy to death in early November.

Less than a month after 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall was mauled to death at the Pittsburgh Zoo, news has surfaced that the zoo's 2013 calendar features African painted dogs, the same species that killed the boy in early November.

Zoo officials say that the calendars, featuring the dogs in its March spreads, had already been printed and made available to patrons before Derkosh's death, according to The Huffington Post.

Maddox was visiting the zoo with his mother on Nov. 4 when he fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the pit area of the dogs' exhibit, according to a statement from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Pittsburgh police said that the child lost his balance after his mother lifted him in a standing position onto the 4-foot-high wooden railing that overlooks the enclosure.

Should the calendars be pulled from shelves? Tell us in the comments section below.

Mike Jones November 28, 2012 at 04:07 PM
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PK November 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM
No..these are wild animals acting naturally... it is tragic....but parents shouldn't be lifting kids above barriers meant to keep them safe!

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