Parents in New Jersey and others elsewhere often bring their children to the zoo. It is a fun activity that also provides children with an educational experience. However, a day of fun can turn to tragedy if dangerous animals are allowed to get too close to children.
A couple took their children on a trip to SeaWorld late last month. Although they probably assumed it would be a fun-filled experience, the couple and the rest of their family was terrorized when a dolphin bit their 8-year-old daughter, leaving her with three dime-sized puncture wounds.
The young girl's father caught the incident on camera. Viewers can see that one moment the young girl is feeding the dolphin and the next she is writhing in pain after the dolphin lunged up and bit her.
"The first thing I thought was I would have to jump in the water and save my daughter's life," the girl's father said. "I literally thought she was going to be pulled into the water."
Guests are warned not to hold fish containers up in the air. In the video, the young girl can be seen raising the paper container. However, her mother does not believe an 8-year-old should be held responsible for a simple mistake.
It is unclear how this specific situation will end. However, when people are attacked by a dog or other animal, victims and their families may be able to pursue legal action against the animal's owner. After all, innocent victims should not be burdened by high medical expenses as a result of an owner's negligence.
Source: NBC 6 South Florida, "SeaWorld Dolphin Caught on Camera Biting Girl in Orlando: Report," Dec. 2, 2012
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