Crocodile steals man's chainsaw, drags it into pen, and plays with it


Feb 11, 2005
CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) -- A cantankerous crocodile chased a man removing a storm-felled tree from its pen before stealing his chainsaw, shattering a few teeth in the process.

The aptly named Brutus, a 4.5m (15-ft) saltwater crocodile kept as an attraction at the Corroboree Park Tavern in Australia's Northern Territory, took offence at the noise of the chainsaw as the man cut the fallen tree, tavern co-owner Linda Francis told Reuters.

"Freddy had climbed out on to the tree and was removing a limb when the crocodile just erupted from his pool about 20m (60 ft) away and used the tree to launch himself up at Fred and the chainsaw," Francis said on Friday.

"Fred virtually gave him the chainsaw, shoved it at him. It was still going and he took the chainsaw onto the ground and proceeded to smash it and it stalled. The crocodile didn't cut himself, just broke a few teeth."

Brutus then took the chainsaw into his pond and played with it for about an hour, destroying it, before losing interest.


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Mar 20, 2000
see that croghc ovah theah? i bet he gets really pissed at thuh sound of ah chainsawh. so, i've got right 'ere is a 45 cc echo chainsawh. let's light 'er up and see how mad that croghc gets!