And I mean it literally because we’re talking about matters of distance, i.e. too much space between a parent and their children. This latest incident at the hands of a Florida gator would be mind-boggling enough if it weren’t for the fact that just a few weeks ago, a toddler wandered away from his mother in the Cincinnati Zoo, climbed a wall and fell into a gorilla enclosure.
You remember that episode ended on a “happy” note but was not without its cost. The tot was rescued, suffering only minor injuries but the ape, a renowned and endangered silverback, had to be euthanized to protect the boy. In both instances, it illustrates how quickly small distances between a parent and child can become vast expanses with sometimes horribly, tragic results. Continue reading