(Photo courtesy of Gabriel Pollard on Flickr under CC license)
(Photo courtesy of Gabriel Pollard on Flickr under CC license)

By AISHA MOHAMED, Guest Writer

Thousands of toy trucks are being sent to a funeral home for the death of two-year-old Maddox Derkosh. He was mauled by wild dogs at a Pittsburgh Zoo.

The boy’s mother had put him on a wooden rail, overlooking the wild dogs exhibit. The boy somehow slipped and fell ten feet. He first bounced twice on a small net below the rail before falling onto the wild dogs.

The animals violently attacked the boy quickly before they were pulled away by zoo officials making it too late to save the boy. Medical examiners ruled, after an autopsy, Maddox died because of the dogs and not by the fall.

The CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Zoo, Barbara Baker, said “The Zoo feels terrible about this tragic accident that happened” while trying to hold back tears after answering questions about this incident.

An investigation is being held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For now, it seems there will be no criminal charges but the zoo has been temporarily closed.

Maddox’s parents requested mourners to give toy trucks instead of flowers because the boy loved to play with trucks. So far, there have been more than 3,000 toys being sent to the funeral home that is handling the boy’s death. The parents plan to donate these trucks to a charity that will distribute them to deprived children.