Australian crocodile snaps up lawn mower after charging zookeeper

A giant saltwater crocodile named Elvis charged at an Australian reptile park worker before stealing his lawn mower.

Tim Faulkner, operations manager at the Australian Reptile Park, north of Sydney, was one of three workers tending to the lawn in Elvis’s enclosure on Wednesday when he heard the crocodile’s keeper, Billy Collett, let out a yelp. Faulkner looked up to see the 5m-long,500kg crocodile lunging out of its lagoon at Collett, who warded the creature off with his mower.

Before we knew it, the croc had the mower above his head, Faulkner said. He got his jaws around the top of the mower and picked it up and took it underwater with him.

The workers quickly left the enclosure. Elvis, meanwhile, showed no signs of relinquishing his new toy and sat guarding it closely all morning — via

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