That kid was having a blast, and I don't hold it against him.
but expecting every little kid to emotionally identify with a lizard is downright asinine.
Police were called and questioned the boy, who comes from a family well known in the local area, but because of his age they are unable to do anything. [...] According to Mr Neindorf, the “nasty” boy’s brother was part of a group who attacked Terry the crocodile about five years ago.
Killing/aggression/domination are natural urges.
So then why do we put people in jail for these things?
posted by oneirodynia at 11:20 AM on October 3 [+] [!]
How many of you had the opportunity to feed horny lizards to a god damned crocodile when you were kids? Does that not sound exhilarating?
Ah, but be sure not to taunt the tiger on Christmas Eve.
I suppose the problem I have is the assumption that this means the kid is deeply disturbed.
scrump: if you blame the kid, why did you punish the zoo by not renewing your membership?
Her fifth pregnancy is not only unplanned, but also unusually painful and disruptive. ... When Ben is born, Harriet jokes that he is like "a troll or a goblin," ... [the child] does not respond to anything but his own desires and fears.
As he grows older, family pets and other children seem to be in physical danger.
[The Child] resembles ... Stevenson's (Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), a figure of "nameless deformity" and physical vigor who distresses people for reasons they find hard to articulate. ...
running down the aisles, wanton excess and childhood joy
But this could have been prevented if the zoo actually attempted to give a shit about the security of its animals.
But the killing of one, accidentally or otherwise, is not a profound event.
THIS part definitely meant nothing to me when I was 7.
Man admits to serial killing of cats -- "He faces up to 5 years for torturing, drowning 19 felines he adopted." (September 30, 2008)
East Boston man sentenced to prison for killing cat -- "An east Boston man must serve 2 1/2 years in prison for stomping a cat to death, setting the carcass on fire and tossing it through an apartment window." (September 4, 2008)
Dad gets 18 months for killing family cat -- "Man admits to forcing 7-year-old daughter to stab the pet to death." (August 30, 2008)
Man gets 2 years in prison for killing cat -- "A Los Angeles man who killed his girlfriend's cat, telling her to 'follow the blood trail to find Tweety,' has been sentenced to two years in prison." (August 15, 2008)
So if you leave your door unlocked and I come in and steal your stuff I'm completely in the clear since it's clearly your fault for not locking your door. Similarly when a person's car is robbed it's their fault for having such easily-broken glass for a window.
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