This week in the Land Down Under, Cassius, the world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, celebrated a monumental birthday…
And of course, they had quite a colossal wingding at Marineland Melanesia.
They sang croc-y songs.
They shed a few croc-y tears.
They even served up a great big croc-y cake, weighing in at 44 pounds!
However, most of the guests offered a polite “No thank you” when the pieces were passed around.
Apparently, chicken neck confections aren't very popular with the Aussies...
Who knew that the folks who brought us Vegemite could be so dang picky?
No matter, Cassius gave a “more for me” kind of grin and devoured the whole thing in 30 seconds.
By the way, I've seen the photos —
And I am pretty sure he ate the candles, too.
But hey, whatever a 1-ton crocodile wants, a 1-ton crocodile gets.
PROMPT: It is remarkable how often “cuddly” crocodiles show up in books for children. Go ahead and “sanitize” the Cassius birthday celebration if you’d like – complete with party hats, friendly hippos, and chocolate cake instead of chicken necks. Then again, you could go totally non-PC rogue like author Sylviane Donnio. Her adorable little crocodile story (illustrated by Dorothee De Monfreid) gives it to you straight. The title? I’d Really Like to Eat a Child.