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Mosherette
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It's just so wrong.

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Three youngsters have been arrested after thugs broke into a zoo and kicked a baby wallaby to death.

Staff at Dudley Zoo spotted three children aged between eight and 11 acting suspiciously shortly before the attack last Wednesday. The five-month old marsupial was later found in a pond.



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That's bad.

For some reason though I find it odd to be calling an 8 year old a thug.

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Wee Bastods!

Should have chucked them in with some giant red kangaroos to see who'd win the kicking competition...I mean, I know kids will be kids and can be cruel etc but sometimes it's just beyond the limits.

Sad.

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There's something seriously wrong when a child's reaction is to hurt a cute furry animal instead of wanting to pet it.

Where were their parents?

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Too disgusted to sufficiently comment right now.

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...I hope.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lexi:
There's something seriously wrong when a child's reaction is to hurt a cute furry animal instead of wanting to pet it.


Where were their parents?

Fighting in Iraq?

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These wee tykes sound like serial killers in the making. Wonder if we can find out if they have a history of bedwetting and starting fires.

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quote:
Originally posted by Barns & No Bull:
quote:
Originally posted by Lexi:
There's something seriously wrong when a child's reaction is to hurt a cute furry animal instead of wanting to pet it.


Where were their parents?

Fighting in Iraq?
Ooooooooh!! Handbags!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Barns & No Bull:
quote:
Originally posted by Lexi:
There's something seriously wrong when a child's reaction is to hurt a cute furry animal instead of wanting to pet it.


Where were their parents?

Fighting in Iraq?
Give me a NFBSking break! Other than the obvious snark value, was this a serious response? If so I'll address it - if not, back to my original statement.

Warlok

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How on earth do children wind up with such a lack of respect and empathy towards animals that they can do something like that at such a young age? Ever since I can remember I've loved animals and known that you need to "be nice" to critters and pet them carefully and don't pick them up unless they are accustomed to it. And I didn't even grow up with lots of pets around me. It simply blows my mind that children can be so cruel to an animal. I can understand the cruelty of children to one another in terms of bullying and teasing (I don't agree with it, or find it pleasant, but I understand why it happens), but cruelty to animals? To me, that's one of the most disturbing traits to see in a child. If they can't even be kind to an animal, what on earth are they doing to the other children around them?

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resELution
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Wallabes are upright human like animals too. If they can do something like that to a wallabe, breaking into his home and kicking him to death, who's to say that they'd have any qualms about breking into someone's back yard and doing the same to a toddler?
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Mickey Blue
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The amusing (in a sick sorta way) thing is that if they HAD broken into a kangaroo pen and "kicked" it (which I assume would have ended very quickly after that) the animal would have probobly been put down.

A dog in my home town was forced to be put to sleep after a kid broke into its pen and was teasing it (the kid was known for teasing it before but through the fense) and the dog attacked him. He was ok (pretty hurt, but ok) but the dog was put down.

Neighbors of mine, never knew the dog.

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If I had been the dog owner, I would have pressed charges against the kid for breaking onto my property and destruction of property. In addition I would have fought whatever agency in the decision to put the dog down, especially if I had records of recent shots and exams that show the dog was healthy. If the dog had still been put to sleep, I'd have sued the kid's parents for the loss and the damage to the fence. If I had ever caught the kid teasing the dog, I would have scared the kid so bad that he would have learned never to trespass...

Quite frankly, I think the kids that kicked the wallaby to death need to be "put down" and save the world from the misery they will eventually cause...

Of course that's harsh, and I know it wouldn't happen. But it felt good to express it.

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resELution
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quote:
Originally posted by Mickey Blue:
The amusing (in a sick sorta way) thing is that if they HAD broken into a kangaroo pen and "kicked" it (which I assume would have ended very quickly after that) the animal would have probobly been put down.

A dog in my home town was forced to be put to sleep after a kid broke into its pen and was teasing it (the kid was known for teasing it before but through the fense) and the dog attacked him. He was ok (pretty hurt, but ok) but the dog was put down.

Neighbors of mine, never knew the dog.

Oh, you mean if it had been a kangaroo instead of a wallabe and if the kangaroo had kicked the kids?

Yeah, that is sad. Humans should be more accountable for our own actions.

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{Up on soapbox}

What the heck?
Get these kids help now. It's never too late to save a child...even a teenager.
Spare me this throw'em-in-a-pit, get-rid-of-them-before-they-cause-more-trouble tripe.
People aren't disposable [flame]

(Unless, of course, they offend me greatly [Wink] )

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resELution
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Something's been bothering me about this story. It doesn't say how long it was estimated to have taken the kids to kick the wallabe to death. Wallabes are big enough, I'd think that it would take a long time to kick them to death.I'd also think that some noises would be made, I can't picture it being a silent affair. Also, what led up to the incident? Were the children throwing sticks at it? Maybe since there were three of the little terrors working on him it went faster, but still...

Where were the zoo keepers? Where were the parents? Where were the other zoo patrons? If I saw children doing that, hell I don't care if they are children. I'd try to stop them. I'd get help!

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Mickey Blue
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Well I dont know alot about wallabes, but they did say it was a baby, maybe that played a part? But your right there are alot of details currerntly left out of the story.

In response to the dog story responses (uhh.. yea).

No charges could be placed because, in Jersey at least (based on what I know) you are pretty much always responsible for certain things.

Another example (not involving animals) is a swimming pool. You can have a fence, no tresspassing signs, locks, the whole nine yards. If some kid breaks in and gets hurt or drowns, its your fault.


It is a real shame about the dog, I am fairly sure no lawsuite was brought up. Sadly, when a kid gets hurt, often times things leading up to that injury (that are a result of the kids own actions) are overlooked and they just wanna punish whatever caused it. Heck just look at all the "jackass" injuries. Its always about shifting the blame, and animals dont really have any rights (at least not in comparison with humans).

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People aren't disposable [flame]

(Unless, of course, they offend me greatly [Wink] )

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Oh how funny. I hadn't seen that movie. SOYlent green huh? Soy? Could that have been the movie that spurred the soy-phobia some people have?

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quote:
Originally posted by Barns & No Bull:
quote:
Originally posted by Lexi:
There's something seriously wrong when a child's reaction is to hurt a cute furry animal instead of wanting to pet it.


Where were their parents?

Fighting in Iraq?
Naah. Definitely at an anti-war protest.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mickey Blue:
Well I dont know alot about wallabes, but they did say it was a baby, maybe that played a part? But your right there are alot of details currerntly left out of the story.

In response to the dog story responses (uhh.. yea).

No charges could be placed because, in Jersey at least (based on what I know) you are pretty much always responsible for certain things.

Another example (not involving animals) is a swimming pool. You can have a fence, no tresspassing signs, locks, the whole nine yards. If some kid breaks in and gets hurt or drowns, its your fault.


It is a real shame about the dog, I am fairly sure no lawsuite was brought up. Sadly, when a kid gets hurt, often times things leading up to that injury (that are a result of the kids own actions) are overlooked and they just wanna punish whatever caused it. Heck just look at all the "jackass" injuries. Its always about shifting the blame, and animals dont really have any rights (at least not in comparison with humans).

If I caught the kid on my property, teasing my dog, I would call the police and press charges for trespassing. It's my property and the kid is there uninvited, therefore I have the right to call and insist on pressing charges. Whether or not the charges stick, is something else completely...

LR

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That is so sad but I would hardly refer to a wallaby as a cute, fury animal. The ears stick up like horns and they look like the devil himself. I have a friend who does educational animal shows and the wallaby is about the only animal she has that will "bite the hand that feed it". I admit they are rather small ( here's a pic of my son with a wallaby ), my son was three in the photo and about the same size as the animal. (Its kind of hard to tell the size in the photo since the animal bent down to eat my kid's shoe.) Still the things can be vicious. I know the kids shouldn't have been near enough to it to find out but I assure you that if a wallaby ever tried to hurt my child I'd give it a quick lesson in survival of the fittest. I'm not defending the kids actions as they should've been no where near the animal but I still wonder if the wallaby "started it". I wouldn't think so if it was a baby but (at least grown) wallabies can move pretty fast to get away if they want to. I've seen them easily clear kiddie pools in a jump or go onto a shelter roofs. Please note my dislike of wallabies in no way excuses the kids' actions. I still think they're a bunch of little bastards.

ETA: Notice the solid fence in the photo. The owner of the animals was required to put in aditional fencing so that people could not see the animals from outside of her property. Her "exotic" animals were considered an attractive nusciance. The point is that the owners of such animals also have a responisibility to keep not only the animals but also the stupid and curious public safe.

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Chimera, the animal in question was only 5 months old so little more than a baby. Adult wallabees can be viscious but one that young is very small and unlikely to be able to give three 12 years olds much of a fight [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Chimera:
I'm not defending the kids actions as they should've been no where near the animal but I still wonder if the wallaby "started it".

"It is believed the attackers climbed over the fence to get to the animal."

I don't think the wallaby started it. I agree that there certainly are vicious animals (some more so than others, of course) and their keepers/owners absolutely have a responsibility to keep them AND the public safe, but in this case I think we have some deeply troubled boys.

resEcoffinheadLution, I agree with you, but my gosh, what a terrifying thought. [Frown]

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Chimera, the animal in question was only 5 months old so little more than a baby. Adult wallabees can be viscious but one that young is very small and unlikely to be able to give three 12 years olds much of a fight [Frown]

Only five months old [Frown] sorry I had missed its age. That is really sad. Poor little thing probably never had a chance. Even though I'm not fond of the animals I don't see how kids can be so cruel.

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No mention of the parents in that article. WTF is wrong with them? Why weren't they with their children? Why did they raise their kids to be so evil? They need to be sterilized before they bring anymore monsters into the world.

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How could they?

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How could they?

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The face reminds me of my JRT. If it were MY child who did this, she'd be in therapy straight away! (not that she would do anything of the sort...she wouldn't even kill an insect)
I grew up with kids like the wallaby killers. 3 of them are in/have been in jail. Surprise [Roll Eyes]

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I honestly thought the subject line for this topic read "Three children LICK wallaby to death at zoo".

They oughta have to carry out some sort of community service, preferably at the Humane Society under some serious supervision.

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I don't want those kids anywhere near animals, supervised or otherwise. If you want them to repay the community for this outrage, have them pick up litter on the highway or something. They've already proven that they cannot be left with animals.

A similar thing happened in my hometown around a decade ago. A much-loved donkey at a local park/farm was beaten to death one night. The perpetrators were never IIRC found, but if there's a silver lining it's that out of that tragedy the Pasado's Safe Haven (Pasado being the name of the donkey) was founded to aid injured animals.

Anyway, I've gotten to the point where I can't even watch that Animal Precinct show because the things people sometimes do to animals under their care absolutely sicken me. I think that if I was at that zoo and I was the guy who found that poor thing, I'd have to be restrained from beating the living crap out of those kids.

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