A cranky and cantankerous crocodile called Elvis stole the show last week when he decided his new water toy was going to be the noisy lawnmower. The over-sized grump lunged out of his lagoon at the wheel of a lawnmower and dragged it into the water with him.
Elvis has resided at the Australian Reptile Park, north of Sydney, since 2008. Prior to that, he was moved to a crocodile farm after being caught attacking fishing boats in the northern Australian town of Darwin. The crocodile farm had him moved to the reptile park after Elvis devoured his two (crocodile) girlfriends. He has a singular enclosure and enjoys fame as the testosterone-ridden dominant croc.
The 50-year-old crocodile kept the prize lawnmower underwater with him for several hours. Staff at the reptile park decided to retrieve the water-logged mower by distracting Elvis with some kangaroo meat. They were also able to remove two super-sized three inch (7 centimeter) teeth he lost in the altercation with the lawnmower from the bottom of his lagoon. The teeth reportedly could damage the filter system but will also make a good souvenir.
“He’s a monster. He’s the unfriendliest crocodile you would ever have the pleasure of meeting,” said park spokeswoman, Libby Bain.
The 16 foot (5 meter) and 1,100 pound (500 kilogram) saltwater crocodile was reportedly very pleased with himself at the conquest of the lawnmower. The happy news is no one was hurt – including Elvis – except for giving up those two teeth in the exchange. It’s safe to say, Elvis is still the king!
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