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The boy, whose identity cannot be revealed, jumped the zoo's security fence before bludgeoning three lizards to death with a rock, including the zoo's much-loved 20-year-old goanna, which he then fed to "Terry," an 11-foot, 440-pound saltwater crocodile, said Neindorf.
The boy also threw several live animals into the crocodile's enclosure, and at one point tried to clamber over the fence surrounding the enclosure in an effort to get closer to the crocodile.
"It was like he was playing a game."
Originally posted by Littlemiss
Wow! How Jeffery Dahmer of him! I hope his parents are seeking some serious psychiatric help for him.
Originally posted by MurrayTORONTO
.. like I just can't imagine how the thought of something like this would enter your head at 7 as something acceptable to do... think back to when you were 7... why would you be hurting animals? Let alone jupming a fence into a zoo.. i'd be scared as # of an alligator at 7.. cmon guys am I the only one that sees it like this? lol...
Originally posted by ghaleon12
Well good for him! He probably had some moral objection to the caging of animals, and now they're free, how nice. It's important at a young age to get kids to express themselves and he sure got his point across! Good thing he didn't throw any kids in there though, that would have gone a bit too far..
In any case, it sounds like he would be a good candidate for the US military.
[edit on 3-10-2008 by ghaleon12]
Originally posted by dhunter
I was just reading that on the news. Very strange. The child must have been pretty brave or out of his mind and without conscience - 7 years old??
I would be interested to hear the follow-up on this one - sounds like the parents might want to get a little involved here.