He also enjoys wrangling with baby alligators for fun. Why does this child's peer group apparently consist solely of reptiles? Parker -- who is not to be confused with the long-dead heroin-addicted sax pioneer of the same name -- has a father who owns the Ballarat Wildlife Park near Melbourne. His dad claims that he doesn't encourage his wee Beastmaster in training, but that his son gravitates toward hanging out with cold-blooded playmates.
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Still, this looks safer than playing in one of those old wooden jungle gyms.
Nature versus nurture arguments aside, we now sort of wish somebody had handed us a Burmese python before we learned to read, instead of that rat bastard Teddy Ruxpin (who, to the best of our knowledge, has never been seen swallowing an entire goat corpse whole). And speaking of such herpetological topics ...