A crocodile named Elvis went berserk Wednesday after workers used two noisy mowers in his enclosure, CNN reports. The cantankerous croc — measuring a whopping five meters (16 feet) long — surged out of his pool, lunged at one of the offending contraptions and dragged it back underwater.
“Elvis is quite a dangerous croc, he’s a real firecracker,” Tim Faulkner, operations manager at the Australian Reptile Park at Gosford north of Sydney, told Reuters. Video footage (above) of the incident shows Elvis with his jaws firmly clasped around the mower and Faulkner off-camera shouting “let it go, let it go” to his coworker.
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The beast, a saltwater crocodile, then guarded his acquisition in his lagoon. He had to be lured away from the trophy by one of the workers with a piece of meat on a stick, while another ventured into the pool to retrieve the mower.
Elvis, the largest crocodile in the Australian state of New South Wales, may have regretted his hot-jawed moment. The beast apparently lost two teeth in the action. But fans of the King fear not: a statement on the park’s website — hilariously entitled “CRANKY CROC ELVIS!!!” — said the incident ended positively. “We’re happy to report that no one was hurt and Elvis is none the worse for his adventure,” it read.
It’s not the first time that Elvis has reportedly landed himself in trouble. The 50-year-old reptile arrived at the park in 2008, after causing trouble in Darwin harbor by climbing onto fishing boats, according to the Australian Associated Press. Sounds like he was just trying to make a name for himself.