Vicki Lowing is an Australian woman who lives near Melbourne in Australia. She says that she divorced her husband, Greg, after he asked her to give up her pet crocodile, Johnie, in 2005. Vickie has also claimed that her son Andrew, 15, and Johnie have experienced sibling rivalry. "Sometimes Andrew goes to have a shower and Johnie's already in there and not keen to share the space".
Vicki adopted Johnie after the reptile was left on her doorstep in 1996. Vicki told a newspaper that – "Husbands can look after themselves but my crocodile can't make his meals. As soon as I started looking after Johnie, Greg and I started having problems. We did nothing but fight. There was a lot of tension in the house."
The couple have now divorced.
I've heard of marriages that have been ruined by infidelity and abuse but this one is very odd. Is it a form of crocodile idolatry? Would Sobek, the Egyptian crocodile god, be 'over the moon' about Vicki's decision?