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Friday, October 3, 2008

Seven-Year-Old Broke Into Australian Zoo, Fed Rare Reptiles to Crocodile

posted by on October 3 at 12:50 PM

I wonder where this kid will be in 15 years…

Via BBC News:

The attack happened on Wednesday morning after the boy entered the zoo by jumping over the security fence and evading sensor alarms.

Over the next half hour, he bludgeoned some of the animals to death with stones and hurled others over the two fences surrounding the crocodile enclosure.

At one point, he tried scaling the outer enclosure himself to get to “Terry”, the 11ft (3.3m) saltwater crocodile.

A turtle, four Western blue-tongued lizards, two bearded dragons, two thorny devil lizards and the zoo’s 20-year-old goanna were among those killed.

The zoo is considering suing the parents, since the boy is “too young to be prosecuted.” Read the full story here.

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As punishment, maybe the zoo staff could give the wee laddie a little help getting into Terry's enclosure, since he seems so keen on a face-to-face introduction.

Posted by Smee, Play Me - A Tarentella! | October 3, 2008 12:56 PM

He will be running for office on the Republican/Serial Killing party ticket.

His interrogation tactics are visionary and ahead of their time.

Posted by Lawrence in NYC | October 3, 2008 12:56 PM

Personally, I think it's too damn bad he couldn't get in the croc's enclosure. Would have served him right.

Posted by wench | October 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Thanks a lot Megan. I purposefully didn't click on the BBC link in my news feed because I didn't want the details. Now I'm sadder then I was a minute ago. And I was pretty fucking sad a minute ago.

Posted by PopTart | October 3, 2008 12:58 PM

Perversely, if he had succeeded in breaking into the crocodile enclosure and was harmed, the zoo would probably be in deep shit. So, it's probably good that he didn't. Even though it would have been some nice karmic justice...

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 3, 2008 1:01 PM

Where will the kid be in 15 years? I'm going to be cliche and say either in jail or dead. That kid has some serious problems.

Posted by Hernandez | October 3, 2008 1:03 PM

The kid is a serial killer in training. I hope the zoo sues the parents into the deepest of poverty.

Posted by elswinger | October 3, 2008 1:05 PM

I hope part of the lawsuit entails the kid being institutionalized. Creepy little fucker.

And in fifteen years, my money's on him living in a neighborhood peppered with "missing pet" signs, if not "missing person" signs.


Posted by Jessica | October 3, 2008 1:10 PM

He should hang out with that kid who sneaks onto planes. I'm sure they'd be great friends.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | October 3, 2008 1:10 PM

This kid is way too clever, and too evil, for his own good. He needs to be in therapy and living with somebody else besides his parents.

Posted by Greg | October 3, 2008 1:12 PM

@4 I'm sorry Pop Tart.


Posted by Megan Seling | October 3, 2008 1:14 PM

What #1 said. He needs to meet Terry the crocodile.

Posted by Dougsf | October 3, 2008 1:22 PM

he scaled fences and evaded sensor alarms? was this kid 'activated' or something? what kind of fucked up army of twisted seven year olds is australia breeding?

Posted by douglas | October 3, 2008 1:32 PM

@11 Thank you Megan, that crazy dog made me laugh!

Posted by PopTart | October 3, 2008 1:33 PM

unfortunately, suing the parents will only make it more difficult for this kid to turn out okay.

i'd still sue them. and hope this kids gets some therapy...

Posted by infrequent | October 3, 2008 1:37 PM

Give this boy a reality show. Stat.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 3, 2008 1:39 PM

@15: that could be a condition of the settlement.

if he'd EATEN these animals i suppose it would be less bad...

Posted by max solomon | October 3, 2008 1:41 PM

I live in Australia, yet usually I hear these weird local stories first/only on Slog. Maybe I'm not watching enough crap TV.

@13: I blame the Wiggles. And the food colouring, obviously.

Posted by banjoboy | October 3, 2008 1:46 PM

The title made me think "Oh, probably just an over-inquisitive lad who wanted to see nature in action."

Then I read the whole bludgeoning part... yeah, he's nuts.

Posted by iflurry | October 3, 2008 1:48 PM

the kid probably just needs to learn responsibility. the parents should get him a puppy to take care of.

Posted by infrequent | October 3, 2008 1:48 PM

@20 - preferably a pit bull, amirite?

Posted by iflurry | October 3, 2008 1:53 PM

@18 Oh no, my son watched the Wiggles when he was a tiny tot. I just thought it meant he'd grow up to dress in primary color shirts and sing annoyingly catchy tunes with other men. I didn't realize it'd make him a menace to zoo animals...

Posted by PopTart | October 3, 2008 1:56 PM

therapy might help this child, but it is a wee doubtful.

at least he will be on the radar once the bodies start turning up in Melbourne.

Posted by SeMe | October 3, 2008 2:05 PM

@18: what kind of shitty zoos do you have down there? For a kid to get to most of the rare reptiles in our zoo, he'd have to have to break a couple layers of Plexiglass.

PopTart, for you:

Posted by Jessica | October 3, 2008 2:23 PM

I've read that a proclivity for killing small animals in early childhood is a significant marker for the particulat psychopathy found in serial killers. that kid should have a GPS tracking device attached to his ankle and left there.

Posted by inkweary | October 3, 2008 2:25 PM

This little menace got in there at night, on his own? At age seven? I'm skeptical. I'll bet Mom or Dad gave him a boost to see what hilarious antics he'd get up to.

Posted by Missy Miss | October 3, 2008 2:26 PM

@24: Yeah, what they should have done was put the saltwater croc in the OUTER enclosure. Problem solved.

Posted by banjoboy | October 3, 2008 2:35 PM

@24 Jessica, those are amazingly cute ducks, their feet, their faces. I am awash in a tidal wave of cute animal happiness now.

Posted by PopTart | October 3, 2008 2:44 PM

Maybe it was some sort of latent response to Steve Irwin's death...

Posted by watcher | October 3, 2008 5:05 PM

Like inkweary @25 said: "...a proclivity for killing small animals in early childhood is a significant marker for the particular psychopathy found in serial killers." Probably, there's something biochemically wrong with this kid and he's experienced some kind of trauma/abuse. Kids usually have some empathy by seven but he clearly doesn't.

This kid should not be given any living things to take care of, ever, end of story.

Posted by whoa | October 3, 2008 7:33 PM

No chance this kid is gonna get outfitted with a GPS tracking anklet now, is there?

Posted by TVDinner | October 3, 2008 7:44 PM

I work in a kindergarten and that kid is beyond therapeutical reach.
A natural born psychopath i think, should be under surveilance from now on, or else somebody could get killed.
I even think you cant blame the parents if hes a psycho...

Posted by The Dane | October 4, 2008 5:12 AM

He needs to meet the Croc.

Posted by Lisa | October 6, 2008 4:14 PM

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