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Man Saves Crow's Life, Crow Steals Man's Teeth

First, a bird named Blackie stole his heart. Then, that same bird stole his smile.

This week, Chris Pretorius shared a photo of Blackie, a crow at his animal rescue farm in South Africa, flashing an unexpectedly broad grin - one that used to belong to Pretorius himself.

"I was cleaning my dentures this morning in the bathroom when my cell phone rang," wrote Pretorius on Facebook. "When I came back, I found Blackie smiling at me with my own teeth. And I don't think he wanted to give them up."

Remarkably, Pretorius claims this isn't the first time a bird has pilfered his pearly whites, saying he was lucky Blackie was indoors so he couldn't fly off with them "like another crow did a couple of years ago."

For almost a decade, Pretorius has been rehabilitating sick and orphaned birds, rescuing dozens of animals since a hungry owl first showed up on his property in 2007.

Blackie is only one of the farm's most recent residents, coming to Pretorius in December after almost dying of heat exhaustion.

Luckily, Pretorius did manage to steal his dentures back from the bone-beaked bandit.

"Scientists think they're the smartest birds," Pretorius told news site Netwerk24. "I could only get them back after he went to hide under a sofa cushion."