Iguana drops in on frightened gardener

2012-09-20 09:43

Johannesburg - A Pretoria gardener got the fright of his life when a 1.2m long iguana appeared to fall out of the sky and land next to him, according to a report on Thursday.

January Mgidi, 44, works in Wonderboom, in Pretoria north, not far from the Magaliesburg.

He told Beeld that when the iguana dropped out of nowhere on Monday, he ran to the neighbours.

The large lizard was thought to have fallen from a perch high up on a lamp.

The neighbours called the Pretoria zoo, which referred them to reptile expert Arno Naudé.

"When I picked him up, he played dead initially. When he realised I wasn't going to let go, he started fighting," Naudé said.

Veld iguanas are a protected species all over the world, but they are frequently killed for their skins, which are used to manufacture belts, handbags and watch bands.

"If you're holding [an iguana] and you're not bleeding, you're doing it wrong," Naudé said.

The animal was in a weakened state, and would have to be fattened up and nursed back to health before being released into the bush, he said.

  • lynette.mufaro - 2012-09-20 09:56

    I can imagine the scare the poor gardener got-I would have jumped right out of my skin (probably would have wet my undies immediately) :-)

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-20 10:20

      What a kodac moment

      jurgen.eksteen - 2012-09-20 10:23

      It was a classic Leon Schuster scene ...

      gerald.mphuthi - 2012-09-20 10:29

      I would have been there to dry them up for you

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-20 14:30

      My amusing thought too fussed anderson. Poor Iguana - I just hope it is alright :)

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-09-20 09:57

    That would freak me out too!

  • cecile.gerwel - 2012-09-20 10:01

    Not an iguana, it's a monitor lizard. There are no iguanas is SA.

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-09-20 10:16

      According to Wiki, the SA name for monitor lizards is leguaan, which comes from the Dutch word for iguana. Call it what you like though, if it suddenly appeared next to me in the garden I probably would have outsprinted Bolt!

      riegardt.smit - 2012-09-20 10:31

      Thanks Cecile, I was going to say it but then thought: "Naw, dont be a nerd". However, I had an Iguana for many years, and this is no Iguana...

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-20 10:45

      LOL I think they're beautiful. If they had wings they'd be dragons ;-)

  • bloodstone.shakespeare - 2012-09-20 10:07

    Jeez News 24...that is a leguaan or monitor lizard (likkewaan)Iguanas are native to South America. To prove that you are lost: Magaliesburg is about 100km from Wonderboom in Pta North...

      patrick.mampane - 2012-09-20 10:20

      The Magaliesberg mountain range runs from the N1 (due east of Wonderboom) to an area just short of Rusternburg. This is what the article is referring to, not the town of Magaliesburg.

      riegardt.smit - 2012-09-20 10:32

      True, Patrick, but the Iguana doesn't occur there either.

  • dawie.joubert.9 - 2012-09-20 10:07

    please get your facts straight, there are no iguanas in Africa really not that difficult to google before posting an article - 2012-09-20 10:09

      that's news24 for you.

      mahlangu.bobo - 2012-09-20 10:27

      Actually, there is. It is called Water Leguan in South Africa and in my language uCamu.

      riegardt.smit - 2012-09-20 10:34

      Yes, Bongani, and as you said, that is a LEGUAN, or Monitor lizzard. They are as far removed scientifically form Iguanas as a crocodile or tortoise...

  • zelda.versfeld - 2012-09-20 10:12

    funny looking iguana that !!?? hahahaha

  • sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-20 10:15

    more newsworthy new from News24.

      Spiral - 2012-09-20 10:18

      riveting stuff

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-09-20 10:24

      I would actually rather read about a Ninja Iguana than about strikes, politics, murder, rape etc for a change.

  • teresa.strauss.39 - 2012-09-20 10:31

    They would have had to call 911 for me!

  • lielie.smit - 2012-09-20 10:37

    couldn't help laughing at the mental pictures this conjured. So good to read something funny.

  • ashleigh.crage - 2012-09-20 10:38

    As far as I know, an iguana and a monitor lizard are not the same thing. A quick search of the distribution of the 2 reptiles, shows monitor lizard are found throughout Africa, parts of India, Malaysia,China etc. Iguanas are found in the south and central Americas. Really doubt it was an iguana...

  • karen.t.hawkey - 2012-09-20 18:14

    I wonder whether the "reptile expert" isn't an expert, or whether the reporter simply didn't listen properly when he told them what it was?

  • maditabalucia.mmatli - 2012-09-21 22:37

    realising it to the bush..............scary i so dont want to stay there

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