Skip to comments.Boy kills snake at petting zoo
Posted on 08/26/2007 7:15:48 AM PDT by LibWhacker
CINCINNATI, Aug. 24 A 10-year-old boy who said he hated snakes killed a 10-foot python at petting zoo by stomping on the reptile's head.
Scott Braunstein, a reptile handler who brought the snake to the St. Bernadette Festival in Amelia, Ohio, last weekend, said he was shocked by the boy's violence, The Cincinnati Enquirer said Thursday.
The snake, named Popcorn, was a non-poisonous albino Burmese python.
Braunstein, who operates House of Reptiles in Dry Ridge, Ky., said the boy approached him and told him that he hated snakes. The child then raised his leg and stomped down on the snake's head, Braunstein said.
A man believed to be the boy's father grabbed the child and said, "This is why I don't take you anywhere," before disappearing into the crowd, the newspaper said.
"I have never, never had anything like that happen," Braunstein told the newspaper.
A few years ago while taking a walk I saw a young boy body slam a dog and had no problems yelling at him. Told the manager where I live because I knew she knew his parents and the little brat got into big time trouble by parents and the manager!
Sounds like Popcorn wasn't this kid's first kill.
nice kid. hope his parents are getting him psychological help.
Hope dad is sued big time and kid is ordered into therapy. Someone needs to keep a serious eye on this scary kid. From dad’s comments, the kid has done sick things in the past. He’s well on his way to growing up to be a serial killer or worse.
Son of the woman in B.C, the comic strip.
Bet this started when this boy was young and could be the cause of the way he is now.
A man believed to be the boy’s father grabbed the child and said, “This is why I don’t take you anywhere,” before disappearing into the crowd, the newspaper said.
That’s it? How about putting the kid to work to earn money to pay for the snake? Alot of parents I know have made their kids pay for things they broke (although I don’t know anyone with a child as vicious as this one). How about grounding him til he’s thirty after he gets the butt-whooping of his life? The adult with the child obviously had absolutely no control over him.
I believe it’s a safe prediction we’ll be seeing this kid “in the news” again someday, perhaps on “America’s Most Wanted”.
And the ethics and morals of a snake. Running away from the responsibility of his son's actions teaches his son to be irresponsible.
he’s a Child, what did this guy expect; kids do crazy things (was it property distruction, and wrong Yes), but he’s only a kid!
Dad avoided that law suit. Anyone know what an albino Burmese python costs?
Oops spelled destruction “distruction”..I am very tired and have a cold, so forgive me, my head isn’t working right now..!
Another Far Side caption in need of a drawing.
Another fine graduate of the Michel Vick School of Animal Husbandry.
The only good kind is a dead one!
I agree. When we were kids we found a large snake in our backyard. Kids being kids we set out to beat it to death. "We" were 5 or 6 kids from 3 different families. As far as I know, none of us ended up serial killers. The kid in the story did a stupid childlike thing. That's all.
Pure animal rights wacko, BS.
Well, not being from DU, I hope that the dad cracks the kid's butt and gets through to him what the limits are.
Failing that, if the courts and the therapists get involved, then the kid's already lost.
Courts just make the father figure look impotent to the kid, makes the child think he's the center of the universe, and therapists, thereapists are like the Happy Meal of faith.
By the time he was 10 our son would have known better but I remember when each of my sons was about two, they had completely different reactions to small creatures. The older one would see an insect and want to pick it up and hold it and take care of it. You younger one at two would see an insect, say, “bug” and stomp on it. Since my husband has a degree in entomology, we worked to teach all our children and now our granddaughter to learn about insects and respect them. We do swat misquitors however and brown recluse spiders but we are pretty fond of wolf spiders and even most of the wasp family. Paper wasps (not very many where we live) are the only ones who will really attack you. And yes, we like snakes and taught the kids how to stay away until a grown up IDed it.
It is obvious that the father is some of the problem here. Most fathers in this position would have offered to pay for the snake. I’m sure when this kid got home he was allowed to go outside and play and to look for more snakes.
Oh, I don't know. I didn't kill people's pets when I was a kid. Even as I child, I always found something inherently wrong with killing animals just for fun.
Maybe I was different.
I disagree, this kid is a 10 year old that has been allowed to retain the emotional maturity of a 2 year old.
Pure animal rights wacko, BS.
I don't understand your response. The kid has no respect for private property and shows the makings of a future sociopathic violent criminal.
Me too. I remember when I was a kid catching lizards and sticking them inside of bug lights, tying firecrackers to a cats tail and all sorts of other cruel unthinking things that boys do. The bottom line is that kids, especially little boys are mean as hell. That kids dad did the smart thing by grabbing the kid and getting out of dodge quick.
The kid is 10 years old!
I have trouble believing a 10 year old could stomp on a 10 foot python one time and kill it.
Those things are all muscle.
“Anyone know what an albino Burmese python costs?”
The only price I could find after doing a quick check was about $250 for a baby. A ten footer was easily worth over $1,000, and probably more than double that.
Time to charge the boy/father with destruction of private property and demand payment.
As a boy, growing up in Queens, I captured a garter (spellings vary) snake and adopted him. I did not understand that you could never expect affection from a snake. Sensing his unhappiness at living in a milk box, I took him back to the brook whence I captured him and released him. He swam a short distance and looked back at me. There is still a secret bond between that reptile and me.
When my daughter was younger and came screaming from the back yard “Get Daddy! Get Daddy!”, I immediately knew what the problem was. There was only emergency which only Daddy could assuage: a snake by the swing set.
I, for one, don’t care to see animals gratuitously hurt or killed. hunting for food, pest/predator control yes, but ANYONE who just injures animals for the sake of doing it, whatever age, what ever culture is scum (or the child thereof). And yes, there is a wind of People for the Eating of Tasty Animals here.
I will hug him and kiss and pet him and I will call him George / “Of Mice and Men”
My friend's mother answered the door, out of breath, and said she just killed a snake.
She accepted my offer to go throw it out back in the woods.
(Black snake 3 or 4 feet long)
It was the housewife in the basement with a shovel....
It was only back at the first of the month when the cop shot at a snake and killed the little boy in OK. guess some of the dirt bags on this thread want to charge the cop for animal cruelty.
I disagree both because of the context and what the grandfather said. This was neither a fear response nor was it, because of being at a public zoo, a place where ordinary bored boy viciousness would be done.
This was a premeditated act, in front of witnesses, and with “callous indifference” to what anybody thought. And because of his grandfather’s comment, I suspect that this boy is a psychopath, and a dangerous one.
The vast majority of psychopaths are not generally dangerous, based on their level of self-control. They are incapable of sympathizing or empathizing with other people, but they can rationally determine that certain behaviors or actions are not acceptable, and choose to refrain from doing them.
However, a dangerous psychopath also has little or no impulse control and cannot distinguish differences or degrees in context for their actions.
If they see a woman wearing a hat they don’t like, they will snatch it from her head and destroy it on the spot, not caring what her response is, if they are by themselves or in a crowd of people staring at them, or if they are in the middle of a church service or standing in front of a policeman.
Importantly, this may or may not carry over to their actions after their impulse. They may automatically deny having done what they just did, or they may accuse someone else of having made them do it, or any number of behaviors.
In the final analysis, this boy needs to be examined, and carefully. He may be one of the few who are so aberrant that they need to be institutionalized for life, being a clear and present danger to others.
You ARE kidding....right?
You never watched the little rascals when you were growing up did you? Sounds to me like your the one who needs to be checked out.
This was a snake that was someon’e PROPERTY...not a loose snake in a backyard! I do hope you are smart enough to know the difference...are you?
Doesn’t the fact that he walked up to a complete stranger, stated that he hated snakes, and then killed it in front of many witnesses show you that he lacks total self control and insight into the feelings of others?
Aren’t zoo’s funded (partially) by taxes? If so, the dad (and everyone else) probably already paid for the snake.
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