Hiker Fred Sirevag snapped this shocking photo when the parents put their baby on the edge of a cliff overlooking Pulpit Rock in Norway to take a scenic vacation photo.
The photo, which has been circulating online and in the Norwegian media, shows a woman taking a picture while the baby crawls dangerously close to the edge of the cliff, which has a 1,982 foot drop. None of the adults accompanying the child appear to be close enough to save it if it rolled the wrong way and fell off the cliff.
Sirevag and his 11-year-old daughter were sitting a safe distance away when he saw the parents put the baby on the cliff’s edge.
“I saw the mother and she was putting the baby down close to the edge and backing up a little bit so the other lady could get a clean photo of the baby and the Pulpit Rock in the background,” he told the Daily Mail.
“It’s a straight drop. You don’t want to get too close because it’s pretty scary. You’d be pretty much dead if you fall there.”
Sirevag said he snapped the photo and planned to walk down to warn the group of the danger, but they picked up the baby and left before he got to them.
“I was very shocked,” he said. “It was over so quickly, I could hardly react.”
Sirevag explained why he shared the photo.
“I thought this was such a crazy thing to do that people should know about this. It should never happen. “
Sirevag told The Local Norway, “I think it was creepy. The baby could have fallen in any direction. I think it was very irresponsible.”
CEO of the Stavanger Tourist Association Preben Falck told the Norwegian News Agency that he encourages people to exercise extreme caution when visiting Pulpit Rock.
“All parents are different,” Falck said, “but I wouldn’t look after my children like that. We cannot put up signs telling that parents should not put their children down near the edge. Nor do I think we should put up fences and secure the area. That would spoil the experience.”
People put themselves and others in some pretty scary positions to get good photos, such as the couple in this Inqusitr article who fell to their death taking a selfie. But seems a bit ridiculous. Most people who have seen the picture are shocked and outraged that anyone could put a baby in such a dangerous position, posting reactions such as this one on Twitter.
— Ekselensia Education (@ekselensia) September 17, 2014
What do you think? Would you put your baby in a position like that?
Photo courtesy of Fred Sirevag