Pittsburgh Zoo Tragedy: Why Did African Wild Dogs Attack Boy?

"I very much doubt that this was a predatory attack," expert says.

One of the dogs was shot after it wouldn't leave the boy's body. The others have been quarantined.

"The zoo feels terrible that this tragic accident happened," said Barbara Baker, chief executive of the Pittsburgh Zoo, which remains closed until further notice.

Why did the carnivores attack the boy? We contacted African wild dog experts Rosie Woodroffe, senior research fellow at London's Institute of Zoology, and Kim McCreery, of the African Wild Dog Conservancy in Tucson, Arizona, to get some insight into the animals' behavior.

Kim McCreery: They live in packs, similar to wolves. They're a family group. Mom, dad, and older siblings take care of the pups. They even have babysitters at the den. Pups get to eat first,

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