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#1    GoddessWhispers

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 12:13 PM


From: The Times
April 23, 2007

Catapult boy is eaten after taunting crocodile in pen



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A schoolboy who climbed over a fence into a crocodile enclosure and taunted the animals with sticks and a catapult was dragged into the water and eaten.

The nine-year-old, whose family name was given as Liu, and three friends sneaked into the crocodile park at the Silver Beach holiday resort at Beihai in the southwestern Guangxi region on Friday.

The children shot at the animals with catapults and beat them with sticks.

The official Xinhua news agency said: “One of the irritated crocodiles bit Liu’s clothes and dragged him into the water where he was eaten by a swarm of crocodiles.” His companions then raised the alarm.

Investigators searched for the missing boy and decided to check inside the crocodiles. Snipers used pork to lure them out of their pool and shot dead the first animal to lumber on to the bank.

Inside it they found human remains that were confirmed to be those of the boy.

The crocodiles were still being bred, even though their performances at the park were stopped several years ago and the pool had been sealed off for auction.

The park’s owner had hired a keeper to take care of the crocodiles, but it was unclear why the man was not at the enclosure when the boys broke in. The manager and the keeper were being questioned by police.

Animal welfare has long been a low priority in China, where many zoos have for years provided bare and often squalid pens for animals that spend their entire existence in the public eye. Even at the Beijing Zoo, the prized pandas must now be cordoned off well out of reach of visitors. People have in the past tossed food wrapped in plastic bags into their pens which destroyed the digestive system of at least one of the endangered animals.

The latest scandal to attract public attention came last year in Shanghai when a city zoo cancelled its “Animal Olympics” after shows featuring boxing matches between kangaroos and their keepers, bears fighting and riding bicycles and an elephant tug-of-war drew unwelcome publicity. The event was cancelled after animal rights groups posted reports and pictures on the internet.


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Posted 24 April 2007 - 12:15 PM

Reptiles 1, Bratty kids 0

Where were this kids parents?

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 10:30 AM

A 9 year old knows the difference between right and wrong and they know how dangerous crocs are. I feel bad for him because he is only a child but if you mess with crocs you are going to die.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:33 AM

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laugh.gif I was thinking the same thing.

I'm kind of ticked though a croc had to die because of some idiot kid. sad.gif

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:37 AM

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I'm kind of ticked though a croc had to die because of some idiot kid.


Agreed.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:49 AM

Stupid little turds...the gator should have eaten them all.

edit:Excuse me...croc not gator...

Edited by Michelle, 27 April 2007 - 11:50 AM.


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Posted 27 April 2007 - 12:11 PM

One less dumbass in the world~ beating animals is disgusting luckily Karma had her way with the stupid brat. It's shameful they had to kill the crocodile for someone elses stupidity  disgust.gif

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:28 PM

moral of the story, don't mess with Crocodiles... IMO thumbsup.gif


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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:37 PM

STUPID BRAT! HOW DARE U MAKE A CROC DIE! "shoots all the bratty kids."

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:39 PM

lol! little brat deserved it.

"stupid crocidiles! i hate you and sneak out so i can beat you!  take this and that and..... AHHHH HE'S GOT MY L... "

high five crocidiles! job well done. now we need to find a way to let some crocodiles loose on those laguna beach kids..... devil.gif  devil.gif

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:40 PM

Heh, when 9 year olds are capable of doing this it makes me lose faith in humanity  hmm.gif

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:43 PM

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Heh, when 9 year olds are capable of doing this it makes me lose faith in humanity  hmm.gif

litte kids can be very cruel.  this is nothing new.


i think it's funny that he's referred to as 'Catapult Boy'

Edited by crtbud420, 27 April 2007 - 02:43 PM.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:52 PM

Yes I ageee the crocoldie should not have been killed. I'm sorry the boy was killed but this is what happen's when you poke them with sticks and hurt them the crocodiles were only defending them selves.


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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:50 PM

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Where were this kids parents?



Probably handing him the rocks.  Ummmm tender morsel for the croc. To many people anyway.





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Posted 27 April 2007 - 07:06 PM

Ya know.. I keep saying that humans are pray animals.  We're soft and squishy... and there are quite a few of us who are dumb enough to jump into a pen with preditors.  Preditors that will be more then willing to show how soft and squishy we really are.

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