Euthanize the parents, too, just to be fair
by Caleb Reading
Maymont’s two black bears were euthanized today after a child was bitten by one of the bears Saturday.
Brown said there is no way to test for rabies in a live wild animal because brain tissue must be examined. Both bears were euthanized because it was not known which bear bit the child.
The child entered a restricted area and climbed a four-foot fence to reach the bears’ two-acre habitat. The child apparently then put his or her hand through a 10-foot chain-link fence and was bitten.
Maymont officials do not know the identity, age or gender of the child, Brown said. However, they were informed in a closed-door meeting this morning that the skin on the child’s right hand had been broken and the rabies test was necessary.
And where were the parents when the kid entered a restricted area, then climbed a fence, then reached through another fence to play “Poke the Bear”?
And couldn’t they have given the kid oral rabies meds [Ed – correction below]? It’s not the painful shots in the stomach it used to be. They could just give the kid pills. No, no, vivisect two locally beloved bears instead. The parents might sue otherwise.
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And couldn’t they have given the kid oral rabies meds? It’s not the painful shots in the stomach it used to be. They could just give the kid pills.
Aw crap. I looked it up and I’ve got to correct this. Rabies treatments still entails shots, just not the painful stomach ones anymore. The first shot is of HRIG near and around the site of the wound (if not previously vaccinated against rabies), then the next 5 shots over the course of 28 days are 1 ml vaccine shots, in the deltoid (shoulder) muscle (or the outer thigh in young children).
Anyway, it’s not a painful as the stomach shots were, and, frankly, giving the kid six shots over the course of 28 days would be one of those “teachable moments” I hear so much about.
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The comments about this on Fark are awsome. I like this one especially:
In other news, a small child was put down today after it became apparent he had no fear of large predators. This type of behavior is dangerous as it can lead to patterns of interactions with other large and dangerous animals. Once the child finds out that taunting a large predatory mammal leads to no adverse effects, he then begins to realize that maybe mommy and daddy can get him out of any other trouble he might get himself into. Needless to say, this type of behavior can not be allowed to foster in children and so it was necessary to destroy the child.