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Cranky Aussie croc’s terrifying mower snatch
暴躁澳洲鱷魚嚇人的割草機搶奪記

A man attends to the crocodiles near a pond on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan on Jan. 26.
一位男子一月二十六日在巴基斯坦克拉嗤近郊一處池塘附近飼養鱷魚。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

An Australian reptile park worker had a terrifying experience when he realized a giant saltwater crocodile had latched onto his lawnmower as he tidied the beast’s enclosure.

The cranky 5m crocodile known as Elvis did not like it when Billy Collett and another man went to cut the grass in his home.

“It happened that fast, it was that scary,” Collett told reporters of the ordeal.

“We’d just started mowing, the croc’s sitting about 5ft (1.5m) away from me in the water, then the next second he’s attached to the end of the mower, dragging it in, and almost taking me into the drink with him. My heart almost jumped out of my chest.”

The territorial Elvis snatched the mower and dragged it to the bottom of his pool where he jealously guarded it until his keepers could distract him with fresh kangaroo meat.

“We lured the croc around one side with a food item, and whilst he was there jumping for his food I just jumped into the water, grabbed the mower and ran away,” said the park’s operations manager Tim Faulkner said.

(AFP)

一名澳洲爬蟲類動物園員工遭遇了一場恐怖經歷,他在整理一隻巨大鹹水鱷魚的棲息區時,察覺到這隻猛獸緊咬著他的割草機。

這隻五公尺長、名為「艾維斯」的暴躁鱷魚,不喜歡比利.科列特與另一人幫牠的家割草。

「事情發生得很快,很嚇人」,科列特向記者訴說這場驚魂記。

「我們才剛開始割草,這隻鱷魚坐在離我約五英呎(一點五公尺)外的水池裡,下一秒就已咬住割草機的另一端,把它往水池拖,幾乎要把我也一起拖進去。我的心臟幾乎要跳出來。」

具有領域性的艾維斯搶走割草機,把它拖進牠的水池底,小心翼翼地守著,直到飼養員用新鮮袋鼠肉才有辦法分散牠的注意力。

動物園營運經理提姆.佛克納說:「我們在水池的一邊用吃的東西引誘鱷魚,當牠衝到那頭搶食食物之際,我跳進水裡,抓了割草機就跑。」

(法新社/翻譯:管淑平)

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