Today I was SO disturbed reading the following (italicized) article.-
Australian boy breaks into Outback zoo, bashes lizards, feeds animals to giant crocodile
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, f ed 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.
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.
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.
"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."
RUN AMOK??? This child is seriously psychotic. I understand they can't press charges under their law, but for goodness sakes, Is this child going to be allowed to be with Other children? Will he continue to be part of society?? There is something truly wrong with the judicial system in Australia OR anywhere else, if someone, even a child, can commit these sick, demented crimes and not be held accountable. This article doesn't say if the child has had a psyche study but clearly he should be Forbidden to play with other children. What in the world could bring a 7 yr. old child to display such rage and brutality? If no one intervenes with some serious psychiatric help, I fear we WIll be reading about more horrific crimes from this same child as an adult.
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