“Approaching any animal from behind, even a domestic cat or dog, can cause injury when the animal isn’t aware you’re there,” Bass told The Dodo. “When those wild instincts kick in, the animal can hurt or even kill a child. I find it very irresponsible that a zoo would put children or adults in this situation just to bring in more money.”
The family who hosted the party had paid extra money to have Copper there, zoo director Marcy Dean confirmed. The mother of the child who was attacked is now reportedly speaking with an attorney.
While the toddler was fortunately not seriously injured, Bass fears the incident could mean the cat could face consequences such as being sold to another animal attraction — or worse.