I don't understand it.
How the hell can a parent be so lax?
Maybe it's because I watched the South Park episode "Proper Condom Use", where the parents of the children say that it's somebody else's job to teach their kids about sex, or because it just outrages me in general, but the obvious question to ask is where the hell were the parents?
This kid was allowed half an hour to go about killing animals and feeding some of them to a croc.
And because he was seven he can't be charged.
And then there is this bit:
At one point, he tried scaling the outer enclosure himself to get to "Terry", the 11ft (3.3m) saltwater crocodile
Right now I'm stuck between thinking "too bad he didn't get over the fence" and "good thing he didn't".
Why the latter?
Well that is obvious.
If he did get over the fence and was eaten then the story wouldn't be about a boy who killed a turtle, four western blue tongue lizards, two bearded dragons, two thorny devils and a goanna that the zoo had for 20 years (which explains why the goanna didn't kill him (oh and for those that don't know what a goanna is, either google it, or imagine a smaller komodo dragon with better dental hygene, but actually has venom)). Instead it would be cries of "the zoo was negligent and allowed a kid to get eaten by a crocodile".
And the news would probably gloss over the fact that he spent 30 mins killing lizards.
Maybe the kid ditched his parents, maybe the parents lost him. Either way, I hope that he gets punished for his actions at least by the parents.
If the parents weren't looking out for him, then they really deserve to pay for his actions. The zoo does want to sue them. I think they should.