A missing nine-year-old was found in the stomach of a crocodile in a park in China. A group of children had jumped the fence and proceeded to harass and beat the crocodiles with sticks. The crocodiles were not amused.
Maybe we need to revive the old fairy tales where bad children met a gruesome end.
Sad stuff. This may sound weird, but I do feel sorry for the crocodiles as well. It looks quite likely that they’re going to be killed, but it’s not as if their reaction was particularly unusual. Heck, from what I’ve heard about crocs, those ones were remarkably tolerant. They don’t normally need provocation to attack.
The real bad guys here, IMHO, are the park owner and the crocodile keeper. If they had done their jobs properly, the kids would NEVER have been able to break into the enclosure.
I dunno. As a former 9-year old, I had a precocious knack for getting into places I was specifically forbidden to go. Unless Chinese kids are fundamentally different in character, or are periodically exsanguinated to slow them down, no doubt many of them share the ability.
Also, when designing a habitat for crocodiles, I imagine that the primary concern is keeping the animals themselves from leaving. Designing the enclosures so that people can’t break in to beat the crocodiles with sticks probably isn’t a high priority, for the simple reason that breaking in to beat crocodiles with sticks is an insanely stupid thing to do. Yes, even for a 9-year old child, it is insanely stupid-- you can’t tell me that kid somehow didn’t know crocodiles were dangerous (and, again, I say this as a former 9-year old who has done comparably stupid things involving large crocodilians-- though nowhere near as violent).
At Busch Gardens in Tampa, for example, the lions are separated from the guests by a moat with walls too steep for a lion to climb. But there’s really nothing keeping guests from hopping the fence and jumping into the display themselves, if they should feel like beating the lions up with sticks for some reason. Yet even at a park that combines deadly animal displays with conspicuous beer consumption, this is not considered especially likely.