It's well known that I am adverse to little children . . . I'm toddler phobic and not much keener on those under 10, well except for Joel my 8 year old nephew. I certainly hope I warm to them as I creep towards a grandmotherly age. Frankly I prefer lolcats and tooth extraction . . but brats . . undisciplined . . . rude, cruel and especially poorly supervised children . . I'd give 'em a belt around the ear 'ole and three hours in the naughty corner. So this week's Friday Fuckwit goes to a 7 year old . . .
CANBERRA (Reuters) - The parents of a 7-year-old boy who broke into an Australian outback wildlife park and fed a string of small animals to its resident crocodile are likely to be sued after police said the boy was too young to be held responsible.Clearly Terry is not the brightest tool in the shed, much easier to chomp on a, soft, warm, fleshy seven year old than a crusty turtle or a thorny devil! But seriously, the cruelty was astounding from one so young.
A turtle, four western blue tongue lizards, two bearded dragons, two thorny devil lizards and a 1.8 metre (5.9ft) adult female Spencer's goanna were fed or led into the jaws of a 3 metre, 200kg (440lb) saltwater crocodile named "Terry." (Man he must have been a strong little tyke - them goannas are big suckers!)
Security camera footage at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre showed the smiling youngster also bludgeoning to death a small blue tongue lizard and two more thorny devils during a half-hour of breakfast-time havoc last Wednesday. One CCTV image shows him smiling as he watches the saltie splash around its pool as it attacks a northern blue tongue lizard.
"The fact a 7-year-old can wreak so much havoc in such a short time, it's unbelievable. In my day he'd get a big boot up the arse," centre director Rex Neindorf told Reuters by phone.
"Police found him, but in the Northern Territory here he can't be accountable if he's under 10 years of age." Neindorf said many of the animals fed to the croc were rare or mature and would be difficult to replace.
The boy was unknown at the centre and had "clammed up" when questioned by police on what sparked the rampage (perhaps mummy wouldn't buy him an ice cream).
Neindorf said he was now looking at suing the parents of the pint-sized terror, who could easily have been taken by Terry himself as he fed the croc from a small landing at his enclosure. (Lucky for Terry - imagine his fate if he'd eaten a 7 year old!)
"We'll be looking at suing the parents, who were supposedly in control of him at the time," he said.