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Boy Breaks into Zoo, Feeds Animals to Crocodile

SYDNEY, Australia- A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo Wednesday, fed several
animals to the resident crocodile and smashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo's director said.
The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was caught on the zoo’s security camera jumping a security fence at the Alice Springs Reptile Center in central Australia, said zoo director Rex Neindorf.
The child bashed three lizards to death with a rock then fed them to ''Terry,'' an 11-foot, 440 pound saltwater crocodile, said Neindorf. He also fed several other animals by throwing them over the crocodile enclosure, the Chicago-SunTimes reported.
13 animals worth around $5,500 had been killed. “Although none were considered rare, some are difficult to
replace,? Neindorf said.
Alice Springs police said they are unable to press charges against the boy because of his age.
Children under age 10 can't be charged with criminal offenses in the Northern Territory.
Neindorf said he plans to sue the boy's parents.

Sources: Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times