Though severely injured, a three year old boy who fell into the jaguar pit at an Arkansas zoo on Friday managed to escape. The jaguars, however, weren’t as lucky.
Following is video animation of the incident, starting with the boy’s grandfather placing him on the railing from which he fell:
Just 18 days earlier, a man in India fell into the tiger exhibit at the New Delhi Zoo and died after being dragged away and attacked by the tiger shown in the photo below.
Both of these tragic accidents could have be avoided if the big cats weren’t being held captive in the first place.
Jaguars live primarily in the jungles and wetlands of Central and South South America. One jaguar is thought to remain in the Southwestern United States. In the wild, they carve out and mark their territories; they hunt; and they raise their young.
Zoos enclosures, such as “the pit” in Arkansas, cannot possibly meet jaguars’ instinctual needs.
Zoos are cruel, exploitive and unnecessary. They teach children that kidnapping and holding others captive are acceptable behaviors. Learn more about why holding animals captive in zoos is cruel. And take action.
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