From the files of the very, very sad:
A mother-of-one chose a crocodile over her husband after he gave her an ultimatum in a desperate attempt to save their marriage.
You or the crocodile? I’ll take the croc, thank you.
She claims the reptile is like another child. So when her husband Greg forced her to choose between Johnie and him, the choice – to her – seemed obvious.
In 2005 the couple divorced after a lengthy separation.
‘Husbands can look after themselves but my crocodile can’t make his meals,’ she reasoned.
Marvelous logic there. Of course, this remarkable logic goes on to support the following:
‘I was a volunteer with an animal charity and he would come out on rescues and try and help.
‘But he always felt like he was second best. He thought the animals meant more to me than him, but that wasn¹t the case, they were just equal.
‘In the end he couldn’t handle his emotions and I wouldn’t give up my animals.
‘I chose my crocodile over my husband. We sold our place and went our separate ways. It’s a real shame, but it happened.’
Seems as though the husband was right. He was second best (no matter his wife’s protestations of equality to the contrary).
Animals have their place but when they displace humans, as happened here, then things go awry.