A crocodile is recovering after the circus vehicle he was travelling in hit a pothole causing an 18 stone accountant to fall on him.
Fyodor, of the Soviet Circus animal troupe, was sleeping peacefully when the van lost control in Murmansk, north western Russia on Tuesday.
The jolt sent the portly accountant – who was not wearing a seat belt – hurtling into Fyodor’s pit, RIA Novosti reported.
Fyodor was rushed to a vet where he spent three hours vomiting, leading to fears he had suffered an internal rupture or even a fracture.
But thankfully the two-metre-long reptile was deemed to have escaped without major injury and is expected to have recovered by the weekend.
The accountant suffered cuts, bruises and a reprimand, with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reporting she was “advised to lose weight and observe safety precautions”.
Fyodor is set to become the star of an upcoming Russian television programme, circus director Vassili Kolos told the Rakyat Post.
Get well soon Fyodor and for Gods’ sake people, wear seatbelts.