Coping with the Zoo Death

Written by Anya Sostek on .

From today's Post-Gazette:

Because it was so unusual, so public and so shocking, the death of 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall, killed by the zoo's African painted dogs, has resonated deeply with many parents, children and other Pittsburghers following the story.

"It's very scary for children, and it's very scary for parents as well," said Anthony Mannarino, director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital. "For all of us who are parents, you think about all the situations that your kids are in, not just at the zoo but other places. I wouldn't be surprised if parents have ramped up their safety efforts, not just at the zoo but in general."

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