Barbara Baker, CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium pauses as she answers questions during a news conference on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Pittsburgh. Zoo officials said a young boy was killed after he fell into an African wild dog exhibit and the dogs mauled him on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
A sign to inform visitors about African Painted Dogs is seen near an observation area during a press tour near the overlook platform where a boy fell into the exhibit that was home to a pack of African painted dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Pittsburgh. Zoo officials said a young boy was killed after he fell into the exhibit and the dogs mauled him on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The medical examiner’s office says a 2-year-old boy who died in the Pittsburgh zoo’s African wild dog exhibit bled to death after he was mauled by the animals.
Police and officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium are continuing to investigate the death of Maddox Derkosh, which happened Sunday after he fell from a wooden railing overlooking the painted dogs exhibit.
The Whitehall boy’s funeral is Friday and his parents are asking friends, relatives and other mourners to donate toy construction trucks in the boy’s name, which will be given to a Christmas children’s charity.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner has yet to rule on the manner of the boy’s death — that is, whether it was an accident or not — until police determine whether anyone will be charged.
The boy’s family has not commented.