Man dies trying to save iguana

2011-06-17 10:09

Johannesburg - A 25-year-old worker in the Lowveld Botanical Gardens in Mpumalanga drowned in the Crocodile River after trying to save an iguana, Beeld newspaper reported on Friday.

The man had wanted to help the iguana which was stuck between two rocks on Wednesday. He lost his balance and fell into the river.

Despite attempts by his colleagues to help him, he was swept away over a 15-metre waterfall and disappeared into the whirlpool below the falls.

Police divers found his body on Thursday.

  • Barry - 2011-06-17 10:25

    Poor man must really have loved animals R.I.P.

      Citizen - 2011-06-17 10:37

      God bless his sole. It takes a really special kind of person to risk his life to save an animal.

  • greyheron - 2011-06-17 10:33

    What happened to the iguana?

      REVO - 2011-06-17 11:03

      Look it's very sad indeed, a funny but reasonable question...was it all in vain?

      Opinionated - 2011-06-17 11:13

      Iguanas can actually swim really well...

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-06-17 12:00

      @opionated Read the story. It was stuck between rocks

      Flee - 2011-06-17 12:06

      Opinionated. Seams the Iguana was wedged between two rocks, and not swimming, but do wonder how it is doing? My condolences to the very brave man. May his family know that he was a true hero.. selfless and caring..

      Opinionated - 2011-06-17 13:19

      Itssssss the Ciiiiiiircle...... the Ciiiiiiiiiircle of Liiiiiiiiiife.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-17 10:46

    Good man. You earned your stars.

  • siren703 - 2011-06-17 11:18

    what an awesome person, not enough of us would give our lives to try and help an animal. very sad that those are the kind of people that we lose. RIP young man may you enjoy all your furry (and those not so furry)friends where ever it is that all kind hearted creatures go to play for eternity :)

  • Brandon - 2011-06-17 11:18

    Tragic stuff man, If there is a heaven, he's there

  • Tommy Geyer - 2011-06-17 11:27

    1st Class ticket to Heaven!!!

      Citizen - 2011-06-17 11:32

      With all the Bell's you could possibly drink!

      Diablo7 - 2011-06-17 13:40

      Must've been the Bells that made him lose his balance... RIP Dude who tried to save the Iguana.

  • Genevieve Pearson - 2011-06-17 11:42

    that's just so sad and tragic....

  • Sunshine - 2011-06-17 13:05

    This kind, brave mans death is a true loss to society. May he rest in Peace.

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-06-17 14:17

    I agree with Opinionated, they are very good swimmers. They can dive very deep under water. probably this guy did not know that

  • edgar.flaplap - 2011-06-17 14:23

    Very sad indeed, but one must ask what the hell an iguana was doing in the crocodile river.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-17 17:31

      Exactly what I was thinking. Its an exotic species and not native to SA. Maybe the reporter doesn't know the difference between an Iguana and a Leguaan? Quite likely seeing the report came from SAPA.

  • Whiskeyjack - 2011-06-17 14:36

    R.I.P to the guy, what an anti-climatic way to end your life....

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