A crocodile that jumped from the 12th floor of an apartment has survived the fall, suffering only a broken tooth.

Worried neighbors said the pet croc, named Khenar, had a history of making the death-defying leap. He has survived three previous attempts to escape through the window, they claimed.

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A spokeswoman for the health ministry in a region of central Russia said the crocodile had been left unattended at the time of the fall.

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

She added that the Caiman crocodile had lost one tooth but was otherwise unscathed.