Mon, Feb 13, 2012 - Page 15 News List

Cranky Aussie croc’s terrifying mower snatch

A man attends to the crocodiles near a pond on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan on Jan. 26.

Photo: Reuters

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.









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