Would you let your 3 year old wrestle a pint sized alligator?
Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:11pm PST
By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
His family refers to the brave kid as Australia's youngest wildlife ranger, but parents may cringe while watching the accompanying photo compilation.
It shows Charlie in super-close company with an American alligator that looks every bit the wild animal and is nearly his size.
But Charlie isn't just some kid off the street. He's the son of Greg Parker, who owns Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia.
The facility, essentially, is Charlie's backyard playground.
And while the alligator is somewhat of a pet, nicknamed Gump, it's still a wild animal that may someday attain a length of 13 feet or more.
Hopefully by then Charlie will have outgrown his desire to hold and wrestle large toothy critters, but that seems unlikely since his fondness for wild critters is in his genes.
Greg Parker, a second-generation animal care expert, stated on the YouTube video description: "We didn't go out to encourage it but he just loves reptiles. Like everybody he's frightened of some things... others not so much."
Ballarat Wildlife Park include large boa constrictors (which he also likes to hold) and cobras, along with kangaroos, koalas and wombats.
The Sun, in its Sunday edition, referred to Charlie as a "Chip off the old Croc."