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Leopard Attacks Child At Sedgwick County Zoo
KAKE News, Wichita, KS ^ | May 6, 2011 | KAKE News

Posted on 05/06/2011 12:38:39 PM PDT by eccentric

A 7-year-old boy is hospitalized after being attacked by a leopard at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Dispatchers said the call came in just before 1:30.

Zoo officials said the boy climbed a guardrail to get closer to the leopard cage. The leopard was able to reach the child with both of its paws, injuring the boy on his neck. The boy suffered wounds on his neck and face.

The zoo official said people riding the zoo tram saw the attack, jumped off and scared the leopard away.

Via Christi on St. Francis reports that the child is now in fair condition.

Zoo officials do have the animal under control.

All zoo visitors have been asked to move to the front entrance as authorities investigate the incident. KAKE'S Deb Farris said the zoo remains open.

According to a USD 259 spokesperson, the student was from Linwood Elementary School.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: attack; child; kansas; ks; leopard; sedgwickcounty; wichita; zoo
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1 posted on 05/06/2011 12:38:48 PM PDT by eccentric
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To: eccentric

Sorry for this little boy but shouldn’t SOMEONE have been watching him climb a guard rail and enter a restricted area?


2 posted on 05/06/2011 12:42:59 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: eccentric

Leopards have killed more people than any other feline including lions and tigers.


3 posted on 05/06/2011 12:44:13 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: eccentric

What was the parent/guardian doing while the boy was climbing over the guardrail??


4 posted on 05/06/2011 12:44:17 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Never trust a cat in any form.


5 posted on 05/06/2011 12:45:31 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: eccentric
For the 7-year-old boy, I have some sympathy.

For the woman in Germany? No sympathy. None.

6 posted on 05/06/2011 12:50:02 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: momtothree

WATCHING him climb a guard rail? I know what you’re saying, but someone should have grabbed him and pulled him away from the guard rail. Probably afraid of being charged with sexual battery/s


7 posted on 05/06/2011 12:50:11 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: glorgau

never trust a child


8 posted on 05/06/2011 12:50:55 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: GeronL

Saying, “Oh look, how cute!”?/s


9 posted on 05/06/2011 12:52:48 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Inyo-Mono
Leopards have killed more people than any other feline including lions and tigers.

Since well before people were people.

A fear reaction to leopard spots is programmed into our genes.

10 posted on 05/06/2011 12:52:48 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 834 of our national holiday from reality. - It's 3 AM, time to arrest Obama)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Leopards are cool.


11 posted on 05/06/2011 12:53:16 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Frank_2001

“... someone should have grabbed him and pulled him away..”

I am that type of person. I would have grabbed him by the shirt, hair, whatever I could have reached and dealt with law enforcement later. A seven year old may be too young to understand fully that (although beautiful), a leopard is a wild animal and not a big, purring house cat. Eeek.


12 posted on 05/06/2011 12:56:55 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: eccentric

The guilty kitty.

I have taken kids to the zoo many times, and my rule is simple: Anyone in the "pet the kitty" age bracket needs to be watched constantly.

13 posted on 05/06/2011 12:57:18 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: eccentric
Zoo officials do have the animal under control.

i guess that means the kids been removed from the side of the cage......

14 posted on 05/06/2011 12:57:27 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Leopards have killed more people than the accident at Three Mile island, too.


15 posted on 05/06/2011 12:57:37 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (r e p e n t)
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To: eccentric
As everyone knows, some ambulance chasing attorney will literally pounce on the parents of this kid faster than any leopard can move. If I was the leader/chairman of the zoo, I would sue the parents for not taking care of the kid better. The county or the state should go after the parents for child endangerment and/or child neglect for not watching their kids better.
But of course I know what will happen. The attorney will lie to the parents about the zoo not having safety at the foremost of their minds, the zoo not having enough personnel watching their kid while they were probably drinking an alcoholic beverage on a park bench only 3/4s of a mile away from their child and the zoo should pay for all medical bills plus pain and suffering for the parents having to deal with an attorney.
Just my opinion, of course.
16 posted on 05/06/2011 12:59:19 PM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (I have the right to remain silent, but I lack the ability...........)
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To: eccentric

Wow. Child should have been better monitored, I’m surprised there was a guardrail a 7 year old could get over where he could be accessed by a leopard, just a couple of things that seem a little stupid here. But prayers for the child. I hope he gets better soon.


17 posted on 05/06/2011 12:59:36 PM PDT by brytlea (Trying to think of something worth the waste of a keystroke...)
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To: Inyo-Mono

I spent time doing field work in Namibia. Lions can pretty scary, but in the wild with a leopard, you probably wouldn’t know what hit you. During my times there two people have been killed by lions (Japanese tourists), one by hyena (Danish tourist), one by crocodile (researcher on break), and who knows how many of snakes - I don’t envy any of them - I can think of two murders as well.


18 posted on 05/06/2011 1:00:09 PM PDT by stormer
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To: null and void

“A fear reaction to leopard spots is programmed into our genes.”

I think all that ended when Ursula Andress started wearing leopard print;)


19 posted on 05/06/2011 1:01:28 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: stormer

And I sit here thinking of all the cool photos you got while there (and no, not of people getting killed, just the wildlife).


20 posted on 05/06/2011 1:02:13 PM PDT by brytlea (Trying to think of something worth the waste of a keystroke...)
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To: eccentric
As an infamous idiot once said, was he taunting the cat????? Poor kid???
21 posted on 05/06/2011 1:03:40 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: stormer

How many years ago? I didn’t realize that tourists get picked off so often.


22 posted on 05/06/2011 1:04:26 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: GeronL
... the student was from Linwood Elementary School.

My take on this is that he was on a school trip. Probably a teacher and 3-4 parents and 20-30 7 YO children.

23 posted on 05/06/2011 1:09:11 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

How dare you post a pic like that without linking a story!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/5142098/Woman-survives-polar-bear-mauling-at-Berlin-Zoo.html

Not to be confused with the case of the unfortunate Miss Searles, Zinc Heiress:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sJggAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kGgFAAAAIBAJ&dq=woman%20polar%20bear&pg=2171%2C1081340


24 posted on 05/06/2011 1:09:48 PM PDT by Eepsy
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To: eccentric

I CAN HAS CHEEZBOI?

25 posted on 05/06/2011 1:10:42 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: eccentric
A 7-year-old boy is hospitalized after being attacked by a leopard at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

"Hold muh sippy cup..."

26 posted on 05/06/2011 1:11:52 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: eccentric

That is a beautiful cat. Also--and this is easy to forget in a zoo--very, very deadly. Most definitely not a lolcat.

}:-)4

27 posted on 05/06/2011 1:20:36 PM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: eccentric

I can tell you its an odd feeling to be at the zoo with your kid and have a leopard go into predator mode and focus on your child.

Then there was the time that I was a teenager and my car broke down in the middle of six flags Leopard country safari...


28 posted on 05/06/2011 1:21:18 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: eccentric

” Zoo officials said the boy climbed a guardrail to get closer to the leopard cage.”

Where were his parents and why didn’t they stop him fom doing something that abominably stupid?


29 posted on 05/06/2011 1:27:10 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Puppage

Post of the day


30 posted on 05/06/2011 1:34:33 PM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: Moose4

Shoot, if your LOLcat was as big as this one I wouldn’t turn my back on him.


31 posted on 05/06/2011 1:36:45 PM PDT by brytlea (Trying to think of something worth the waste of a keystroke...)
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To: Hacklehead

I have to admit, when we drive thru Lion Country Safari and the Rhinos get close to the car I am always reminded of Hatari....


32 posted on 05/06/2011 1:37:39 PM PDT by brytlea (Trying to think of something worth the waste of a keystroke...)
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To: Celtic Cross

This was over the course of about 5 years...


33 posted on 05/06/2011 1:38:20 PM PDT by stormer
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To: Hacklehead

Talking about predator mode...an acquaintance had a huge male Husky that she observed stalking her two-year old niece whenever the baby visited. Thereafter, that Husky was relegated to a locked room whenever the niece visited.

Truth is, dogs kill more people in the U.S. every year than are ever killed by big cats, whether in the wild or in zoos.


34 posted on 05/06/2011 1:41:49 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: eccentric

Hence the expression about leopards not changing their spots.


35 posted on 05/06/2011 1:44:07 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: momtothree

He was on a trip from school. Boys do stupid stuff fast when they are little! I figure I saved the lives of my sons hundreds of times. LOL

Still, this kid should have been watched more closely.


36 posted on 05/06/2011 1:46:27 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: momtothree

Did you ever go to the zoo with your kids and see the upscale yuppie moms socializing into oblivion or chatting on the phone while their dumplings run wild, climbing on everything and banging on all the enclosures.

I have.

Did you ever think, “I wonder what would happen if one of those kids go too close to one of the big cats?”

I have.


37 posted on 05/06/2011 1:48:06 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: SatinDoll
Truth is, dogs kill more people in the U.S. every year than are ever killed by big cats, whether in the wild or in zoos.

Especially when they have been drinking!

38 posted on 05/06/2011 1:50:04 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: eccentric
Where were the parents?


39 posted on 05/06/2011 1:53:00 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: RichInOC

No, you cannot has Cheezeboi.


40 posted on 05/06/2011 1:54:53 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: bigbob

Raccoons can has cheezboi.


41 posted on 05/06/2011 1:58:22 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: RichInOC

Leopards and tigers are the most beautiful of cats, as long as they aren’t looking at you as a snack.


42 posted on 05/06/2011 1:58:47 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: swain_forkbeard
You: “Leopards are cool.”

Leopard: “People are tasty”

43 posted on 05/06/2011 2:01:42 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: goat granny
Leopards and tigers are the most beautiful of cats, as long as they aren’t looking at you as a snack.

When I was out in Glacier Park the ranger was asked what was the best way to observe grizzly bears. She responded "through a telescope". Generally good advice for any of the large predators.
44 posted on 05/06/2011 2:02:03 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: bigbob

Raccoons are evil!!


45 posted on 05/06/2011 2:03:39 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: SatinDoll

I had a red husky with amber eyes and never showed any predator motions, but once I had a saleman step into my vestibule and the dog came around the corner, froze when he saw the guy, dropped his head and eyeballed him with those amber eyes and scared the crap out of the salesman... His favorite sport was wrestling and chewing up things like carpet, shoes, (no furniture) and digging fox holes in the back yard...sorry that I had to give him away when he learned to climb the fence and roam the sub...


46 posted on 05/06/2011 2:06:52 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: brytlea
Have to agree. How the heck could a seven year old kid get close enough to the leopard to get mauled?

“The problem with fool-proofing is that fools are so ingenious.”

47 posted on 05/06/2011 2:07:57 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: dangerdoc

LOL and people have no fur we have to chew though first. Meat close to the surface....


48 posted on 05/06/2011 2:09:27 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Inyo-Mono
Leopards have killed more people than any other feline including lions and tigers.
49 posted on 05/06/2011 2:11:10 PM PDT by SeeSac
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To: brytlea

good John Wayne movie...


50 posted on 05/06/2011 2:11:32 PM PDT by goat granny
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