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Last Updated: Friday April 28 2006 16:09 GMT

Crocodile nabs worker's chainsaw

Heard the one about the chainsaw man and the crocodile? It ended with a few broken teeth, a very spooked chainsaw man and thankfully no major injuries.

Brutus the croc was relaxing in his pen near Darwin, Australia, when a chainsaw-wielding worker went to work on a storm-damaged tree nearby.

The noise annoyed the croc. He launched himself at the man and stole the saw, causing the animal to break some teeth.

He swam around with his new toy before chewing it up and spitting it out.

The drama started after Cyclone Monica swept towards Darwin, but weakened as it approached the city, causing some minor damage to trees and buildings.

The croc lunged at worker Freddy Buckland as he was cutting a tree that had fallen during the storm.

Peter Shappert of the Corroboree Park Tavern, where Brutus's pen is located, said: "I don't think he was actually trying to grab Freddy, but I'm not sure.

"I think he just grabbed the first thing he could and it happened to be the chainsaw."

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