Skip to comments.Leopard Attacks Child At Sedgwick County Zoo
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.
Sorry for this little boy but shouldn’t SOMEONE have been watching him climb a guard rail and enter a restricted area?
Leopards have killed more people than any other feline including lions and tigers.
What was the parent/guardian doing while the boy was climbing over the guardrail??
Never trust a cat in any form.
For the woman in Germany? No sympathy. None.
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
never trust a child
Saying, “Oh look, how cute!”?/s
Since well before people were people.
A fear reaction to leopard spots is programmed into our genes.
Leopards are cool.
“... 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.
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.
i guess that means the kids been removed from the side of the cage......
Leopards have killed more people than the accident at Three Mile island, too.
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.
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.
“A fear reaction to leopard spots is programmed into our genes.”
I think all that ended when Ursula Andress started wearing leopard print;)
And I sit here thinking of all the cool photos you got while there (and no, not of people getting killed, just the wildlife).
How many years ago? I didn’t realize that tourists get picked off so often.
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.
How dare you post a pic like that without linking a story!
Not to be confused with the case of the unfortunate Miss Searles, Zinc Heiress:
I CAN HAS CHEEZBOI?
"Hold muh sippy cup..."
That is a beautiful cat. Also--and this is easy to forget in a zoo--very, very deadly. Most definitely not a lolcat.
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...
” 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?
Post of the day
Shoot, if your LOLcat was as big as this one I wouldn’t turn my back on him.
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....
This was over the course of about 5 years...
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.
Hence the expression about leopards not changing their spots.
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.
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.
Did you ever think, “I wonder what would happen if one of those kids go too close to one of the big cats?”
No, you cannot has Cheezeboi.
Raccoons can has cheezboi.
Leopards and tigers are the most beautiful of cats, as long as they aren’t looking at you as a snack.
Leopard: “People are tasty”
Raccoons are evil!!
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...
“The problem with fool-proofing is that fools are so ingenious.”
LOL and people have no fur we have to chew though first. Meat close to the surface....
good John Wayne movie...
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