Yeah. Have you heard the one about the baby in the cheetah pen?
“‘Signs your mother doesn’t love you,’ for $500, Alex!”
“When you are thrown to this very fast African predatory felid!”
“What is… a cheetah?”
A woman was dangling her 2-year-old son over a railing at the Cleveland zoo when he fell about 10 feet into a cheetah exhibit, zoo officials said.
Several eyewitnesses saw the woman holding the child over the railing, [Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry] Kuhar said in a statement. “While this incident is disturbing to everyone, we are glad injuries were not any more severe,” he said.
The toddler’s parents jumped in and pulled him to safety Saturday afternoon. He was treated at a hospital for a few bumps and bruises….
The cheetahs didn’t go toward the boy or his parents, said Chris Kuhar, executive director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The zoo managers were not amused:
Cleveland Metroparks plans to seek child endangering charges against the mother on Monday, he said.
And yes, it could have ended badly:
A similar incident at a Pittsburgh zoo left a 2-year-old boy dead in 2012. The child was fatally mauled after falling into a wild African dogs exhibit.
In that case, the careless parents sued the zoo because (as they saw it) it was somehow the zoo’s duty to stop them from murdering their kid with gross negligence.
Because Heaven forfend it be your fault for tossing your snack-sized posterity into a knot of fanged and furious predators.