October 04, 2008

7-year old boy breaks into zoo, kills several animals

SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 3) - A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, fed a string of animals to the resident crocodile and bashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo's director said Friday.
The 30-minute rampage, caught on the zoo's security camera, happened early Wednesday after the boy jumped a security fence at the Alice Springs Reptile Center in central Australia, said zoo director Rex Neindorf.

The child then went on a killing spree, bashing three lizards to death with a rock, including the zoo's beloved, 20-year-old goanna, which he then fed to "Terry," an 11-foot, 440-pound saltwater crocodile, said Neindorf.
The boy also fed several live animals to Terry by throwing them over the two fences surrounding the crocodile's enclosure, at one point climbing over the outer fence to get closer to the giant reptile.
In the footage, the boy's face remains largely blank, Neindorf said, adding: "It was like he was playing a game."
By the time he was done, 13 animals worth around $5,500 had been killed, including a turtle, bearded dragons and thorny devil lizards, Neindorf said. Although none were considered rare, some are difficult to replace, he said.
"We're horrified that anyone can do this and saddened by the age of the child," Neindorf said.
Alice Springs police said they are unable to press charges against the boy because of his age. Children under age 10 can't be charged with criminal offenses in the Northern Territory. His name was not released because of his age.
Neindorf said he plans to sue the boy's parents.
The boy's small size is probably the reason he didn't trip the zoo's security system, which relies on sensors to detect intruders, Neindorf said.
"I just want people to learn that they can't let their children go and run amok," Neindorf said. "If we can't put the blame onto the child, then someone has to accept the responsibility."

Now, Phyllis' take on this:
I am a single (divorced) mom of an 11 yr old (very normal and shy) boy. I do not have much money. Those of you that know me, know I'm a good person. Had my son *snuck out of the house in the middle of the night*, I wouldn't know it. I know my child has good morals. This child's face "was blank". I am wondering if he was in some type of sleep walking. If I were to be sued for Zach's actions, I would be pissed. I barely have enough to pay bills every month, put gas in the car, and buy groceries. Much less pay for a laywer and court fees and thousands of dollars of damage to a zoo that already pulls in a wad of big money. I would beg instead for the authorities to take my son in for psychiatric evaluations. This child needs help, for sure. And maybe a priest should be brought in as well. My first thought was, he was possessed by something or someone. I don't know why my mind went there, but it did. I'm Christian (Baptist), not Catholic, so I don't know why I thought about a priest, either. But that's who you usually hear about in cases of clearing out 'possessions'. Maybe the child had a freaked-out dream about animals killing his parents, and he wanted to stop that from happening. Know one will know until the child is questioned thoroughly.

Your thoughts?


Emmi said...

I'm with you on this one. This is just horrible about this child. I doubt he even grasps the reality of what he has done & to punish the parent for those actions ... absurd. I'm a mom with 2 & I can honestly say I don't always know where they are & if someone wanted to sue me for their actions I would be PO'ed. We don't have money for that kind of mess.

Diama ~*a.k.a*~ Cherry said...

they let him off to easy they tried a kid his age before and sleep walking? nah he feed them to the crocs my opinion i don't like animal abusers and killers animals are the only living things i love to connect with at the point of seeing this call me cruel but i hoped his ass would of fell in the croc pool. His mother? Where was she at she should be sued by the zoo and child services should take her child you let your 7 year old wander off or leave your side or whatever theres no one to blame but the airhead parents of his.

Diama ~*a.k.a*~ Cherry said...

another thing kids these days arent like the kids back in the day these days kids know exactly what they are doing they mature faster then i did sex,drugs, violence is all they know now.

Miss Slick One said...

Call me an airhead parent then, because I have no idea what Zach does when I am sleeping. I don't even hear him get up to pee at night, but in the morning, the seat is up.

(Notice it says he breaks into the zoo in the early morning hours. They weren't all visiting the zoo together.)

Missie said...

The boy has mental issues for sure. I hope he gets the help he needs.