two teenage boys were arrested in kansas city for climbing into the hippo exhibit at the zoo and “taunting” the hippos (which included throwing rocks at them). the hippos, apparently, were bothered by this taunting, and were charging the boys (who were 14 years old). neither of them were harmed, miraculously, as hippos are faster than humans, about two tons each, have nasty teeth, and are considered one of the most dangerous animals in the world.
and, the boys did it because… (ready? you see it coming, don’t you?)… they were trying to impress a girl.
this leaves me with a few thoughts:
1. right there, yup. case study #1 in the whole “prefrontal cortext isn’t developed, so kids don’t have good decision making ability” discussion.
2. i would think taunting a hippo would include some very easy insults about weight. but maybe that’s just too easy.
3. are 14 year-old girls actually impressed when boys taunt hippos?