Three-legged lizard freed from drain pipe

2015-04-07 16:49
(Shaun Venter, News24)

(Shaun Venter, News24)

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Durban - A reptile wrangler spent hours rescuing an adult Nile Monitor that was trapped in a pipe at a factory in Prospecton, south of Durban, on Tuesday. 

The angry three-legged lizard had taken refuge in the drain pipe after it was spotted by factory workers. 

Professional reptile handler Shaun Venter said that he had been contacted by the factory owner, who told him that the lizard had been trapped in the pipe for days. 

“He asked me to come and help get it out. Apparently some of the workers had seen it and tried to kill it. While it was trying to escape it ran into the pipe and got wedged inside nearly a metre underground,” he said. 

“Initially we spent about an hour trying to coax it out with water, but when that was unsuccessful we decided to dig.”

With a team of factory workers providing the added muscle, Venter excavated around the pipe and managed to break through the concrete without harming the lizard. 

He said that when he first got a grip on the lizard and pulled him out of the hole, he was placid. 

“He was so calm at first, but when he cottoned on to the fact that he was free all hell broke loose. He was trying to kill everything in sight and he clawed my arms to shreds. I am 6 foot and 140kgs and I was having trouble reining him in before eventually managing to get him inside an empty duvet cover,” Venter added. 

“He was missing a foot which he probably lost in a fight or a snare, but was otherwise healthy. They are very common in Durban and feed on a range of small animals. I took him straight from the factory and released him in a local reserve.” 

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