People and their FUCKING pets...
It's stories like this that make me hate pet owners. WHAT THE FUCK?? Animals belong outside, not in your house - how hard is that to understand you fucking retards?
Before someone who loves their animals more than their kids chimes in, dogs have been known to hurt/kill little kids as well, so it's not just reptiles.
I'm not saying that people shouldn't be able to keep snakes as pets.
But owning a 12 foot Python comes with certain responsibilities. First of which that it doesn't get out and strangle someone. Like your own child.
July 3rd, 2009 11:34am
This is speciesism, putting people above snakes.
There are 6 billion people and many less snakes.
July 3rd, 2009 11:45am
Snakes that big are inherently very dangerous. Once a snake is over about 8 feet long, it really should never be handled by a single person alone. I don't care how long you've owned it, how well it knows you, how well you know it. It is a supreme predator.
And you never, ever have a snake that you cannot contain with absolute certainty. Overengineered level of certainty. They are not intelligent, but you cannot afford to underestimate their brute strength, their tenacity, or their curiosity, nor overestimate just how small of a space they can fit through - assume that if they can get their skull through, they can get through entirely. Even very large snakes can hid in places you would not imagine them capable of.
Bite marks on the head. The snake was not killing something it considered a threat, which they will do, it was *eating* that kid. Had he not caught it when he did, within minutes he would have only found the snake.
July 3rd, 2009 11:58am
The snake was just being a snake, and doing what snakes do.
July 3rd, 2009 12:06pm
And, as a recent documentary pointed out re:Dogs, irrespective of the pedigree, or how much you paid for it, you are still sharing your home with what is essentially a wolf.
July 3rd, 2009 12:07pm
Having said that, the statistic below averages at less than one death per year.
There's a helluva lot more in the typical modern household offing people at higher rates.
>>The Humane Society of the United States said including today's death, at least 12 people have been killed in the US by pet pythons since 1980, including five children.
July 3rd, 2009 12:09pm
Pythons have not been domesticated so you have to treat them like the wild animal they are.
July 3rd, 2009 12:20pm
Fucking pets? You're not supposed to be fucking your pets.
July 3rd, 2009 3:15pm
Yeah, because at that point, they're not your pet anymore, they're your lover.
July 3rd, 2009 3:18pm
Two points from the article:
1. Required by law to have a permit for a snake that size and he did NOT have one.
2. Police had to go to a judge to get a search warrant to be allowed to remove the snake because the owners of the dead girl REFUSED to let them in.
Put these together and I see serious jail time coming, deservedly, for both parents.
July 3rd, 2009 4:00pm
I'll agree with point 1 - if the permit is required and he didn't have one, that's a problem. Also, it's obvious he's guilty of neglect resulting in the death of a minor. Whether that's manslaughter or some other crime, I don't know, but this goes way past just not having a permit.
As far as point 2, police should always have a warrant to enter and search if you have not explicitly requested their entry and assistance. The only exception should be int the event of a clear and present danger, and I'm not certain the snake was one at that point, although the argument might be made for it.
July 3rd, 2009 4:08pm
My pets were neutered, they have no real interest in fucking. Finding small helpless things to eat, that they have an interest in. That, and a comfortable, quiet place to sleep.
What's the deal with indoor rabbits? Shouldn't they be outside?
July 3rd, 2009 4:50pm
"Finding small helpless things to eat, that they have an interest in."
Clay, wouldn't that perfectly describe a human baby? You fucking arrogant twat.
July 3rd, 2009 6:01pm
Well, sure, if you're a moron and know nothing about cats. It's pretty clear that you've never met one though, or possibly are confusing them with wolverines.
In either case, you're a twit.