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Crocodile survives tower plunge

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  • Crocodile unharmed after jumping from 12th floor of Russian apartment block
  • Neighbors say this is his preferred method of escape
  • Third attempt results in loss of a tooth
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MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- A crocodile survived a fall from the 12th floor of a Russian apartment block after making an escape bid through a window, emergency services said on Wednesday.

The crocodile lost one tooth in the fall but was otherwise unscathed, said a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry in the Nizhny Novgorod region of central Russia.

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"It seems the owner was not at home when the crocodile came out of the window," she said.

Diving out of the window has become a habit for the crocodile, called Khenar, with concerned neighbors saying it was the third time he had used that method to flee, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported.

Emergency services put the crocodile in a local aquarium to recover from his fall. Within a few hours his concerned owner came to pick him up and the crocodile was last seen lying on the back seat of his owner's car. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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