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Canberra Reptile Zoo devastated after crocodile and pythons stolen

Lachlan Roberts 19 July 2019 50
Canberra Reptile Zoo

Jaws Junior has been stolen from the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Photo: Supplied.

A thief broke into Canberra Reptile Zoo in the early hours of Friday morning (19 July) and stole two pythons and a freshwater crocodile, leaving the zoo’s staff and owner devastated.

Around 5am, a man was caught on CCTV footage stealing a Stimson’s python called Tim Tam, a hatchling jungle python called Zebra, a freshwater crocodile named Jaws Junior and an expensive register computer.

The managing director and founder of the zoo, Peter Child, said the thief deliberately targeted the pythons but the crocodile was an opportunistic theft.

“The crocodile had been removed from display and was being kept in a tub in the backroom,” Mr Child said. “The pythons were his intended target because after he broke in he went straight for them.

“He smashed their enclosure and picked them up in his hands and then came back and loaded up with all the products needed to keep the pythons. He broke the enclosures which was superfluous because all he needed to do was to lift the doors out.”

Do you think you might know this person?Approximately 6 AM this morning this heartless thief broken to the Reptile Zoo and stole several items including three of our much loved animals. The animals included jaws junior, our freshwater crocodile. Tim tam the stimpson Python And Zebra our hatchling jungle python. The thief targeted the animals specifically and also took several items needed to keep them as well as our register computer . As a non profit organization this has hit us hard but emotionally myself and the staff are shattered !!! Know anything please contact us privately .

Posted by Canberra Reptile Zoo on Thursday, 18 July 2019

While stealing the register computer will hurt the business’ back pocket the most, stealing three members of the zoo family has devastated the zoo’s small team.

“Each one of these animals has a name and each one was a pet to us. The crocodile has been here for a couple of years,” he said. “The animals themselves would only cost $150 each so he hasn’t stolen them because they are valuable but because he wants to keep them himself.

“We are worried about the crocodile the most because pythons can easily be kept but a freshwater crocodile is hard to look after.

“We also had to open late this morning because forensics had to come through. It hurts us quite a bit because it was a busy morning.”

ACT Policing are investigating and would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious near the zoo, or who may have dashcam footage of the zoo or surrounding area, between 7 pm Thursday (18 July) and 8:30 am Friday (19 July).

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6418811. Information can be provided anonymously.

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50 Responses to Canberra Reptile Zoo devastated after crocodile and pythons stolen
Harper Pirsig Harper Pirsig 1:45 pm 19 Jul 19

How very sad!

Doris Andrews Doris Andrews 1:48 pm 19 Jul 19

How cruel

Jessica Louise Findlay Jessica Louise Findlay 1:53 pm 19 Jul 19

Steven Ryan what a scumbag

Jenny Koch Jenny Koch 1:59 pm 19 Jul 19

Very sad.

Pat Cæsr Pat Cæsr 2:12 pm 19 Jul 19

Ann-Elise what's happening to Canberra?

Bethany Larsen Bethany Larsen 2:13 pm 19 Jul 19

Are you telling me there is a python on the loose?! Jason Manuel R Ellie Lund

Marcus Kanowski Marcus Kanowski 2:24 pm 19 Jul 19

That's terrible,Hope they get caught.

Michelle McCulloch Michelle McCulloch 2:26 pm 19 Jul 19

Was just there yesterday for a visit with my girls, totally devastated for the team...hope the animals are safe 😥

    Kirsty Martin Kirsty Martin 2:38 pm 19 Jul 19

    Michelle McCulloch what is wrong with people!

Jade Barges Jade Barges 2:29 pm 19 Jul 19

Carly Ireson oh no!!! 😥

Amanda Evans Amanda Evans 2:30 pm 19 Jul 19

Why have they got a croc? Aside from unneccesary, it's cruel.

l do hope they get them back.

    Rodney Broughton Rodney Broughton 2:46 pm 19 Jul 19

    Amanda Evans because it's a zoo

    Rodney Broughton Rodney Broughton 3:37 pm 19 Jul 19

    He targeted the pythons. The croc was just a why not thing. Hopefully they hand it back and not dump it any of our lakes

    Amanda Evans Amanda Evans 3:59 pm 19 Jul 19

    Renea Hazel actually no, I meant why has the reptile guy got a Crocodile on the fitst place. A croc that will grow up to metres long and normally lives in a warm environment needs plenty of space, warm water etc and as far as I'm aware, there isn't a huge amount of appropriate space there, but I could be wrong. It just seems cruel, as all animals need space to live a reasonable life.

Jo Anna Jo Anna 2:34 pm 19 Jul 19

Emily Peel this wasn’t you was it?

    Emily Peel Emily Peel 2:38 pm 19 Jul 19

    Jo Anna nope. I am aiming for golden retriever. Besides I want them to have all their gorgeous animals insitu for my in laws visit. Jacobs held that freshy...its gorgeous

Rodney Broughton Rodney Broughton 2:47 pm 19 Jul 19

Shame that the pythons are gone you won't see them again but the croc is a different story. You can't just rock up home with a croc without eye brows being raised.

Emma Levett Emma Levett 2:49 pm 19 Jul 19

Who the F would do this !!!! Cameras ?

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 2:54 pm 19 Jul 19


Alex Kerec Alex Kerec 3:01 pm 19 Jul 19

Kelly Sledge what the he'll!

Jaala Hamilton Jaala Hamilton 3:08 pm 19 Jul 19

Michael, Taylor.... at least we know it wasn’t Bateman 😝

Carol Comerford Carol Comerford 3:18 pm 19 Jul 19

What a low act😡😡😡

Helen Stephenson Helen Stephenson 3:22 pm 19 Jul 19


Elise Dare Elise Dare 3:32 pm 19 Jul 19

😮😮😮 Danielle Orth Alice Fahrer Anita Vanderkleij

Jamie Dwyer Jamie Dwyer 3:47 pm 19 Jul 19

Don’t they have back to base security 🤷🏼‍♂️

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