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Giant Monitor Lizard found climbing provisions in Thailand store

Giant Monitor Lizard found climbing provisions in Thailand store

Shoppers got more than they bargained for at a Thailand store known as Thai 7-Eleven when a giant Monitor lizard walked in and climbed store shelves.

 

People can be heard screaming and laughing in the background as the lizard reaches the top of a shelf and sprawls out near an ice machine.

 

Giant monitor lizard found climbing provisions in Thailand store
Giant monitor lizard found climbing provisions in Thailand store.

Narumpa Tangsin recorded the now-viral video on his phone in Nakhon Pathom, a town just outside Bangkok, according to video news website Newsflare.

 

A store employee called the police who then brought reptile handlers to catch the Godzilla-esque creature. The handlers dragged the lizard out of the store and lured it towards a nearby brush.

 

 


Asian Monitor Lizards tend to live in canals and ponds in considerably humid climates. It’s unknown why the monitor wandered into the 7-Eleven but it could have been looking for food due to recent months of dry weather with little rain.

 

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A member of staff said that while the animal was guided out of the shop, rescuers did not catch it. “It just ran away into the bushes,” the employee told a British tabloid. “I’ve never seen a monitor lizard that big in my life.”

 

Narumpa Tangsin, who was shopping for food when the giant monitor began its own grocery run, said she kept her distance just in case it was having a bad day.

 

“They’re dangerous animals, especially when they’re angry,” she said, according to media accounts. “I stayed back and recorded it on my phone. I guess that shops have everything, even for lizards.”

 

 


On social media, the enormous reptile was quickly nicknamed Godzilla, as users shared footage of it swinging from the shelves. Many of those less versed in the science of lizard identification assumed the images came from Florida, while others expressed concern for the welfare of the animal — which staff said probably emerged from a forest nearby.

 

Monitor lizards generally reside in swamps and woodlands, and are excellent swimmers, although they are known to wander into urban areas, too. They are not usually aggressive unless provoked.

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Monitors can live up to 22 years in captivity and some can reach almost six feet in length. It’s the second largest lizard in the world behind the Komodo dragon.

 

“They are formidable animals with a powerful tail, sharp claws and teeth,” said Rob Ward, of Britain’s Amphibian and Reptile Conservation team, adding that they have the ability to inflict serious injury when threatened. “When it comes to interacting with humans, defensive behaviors including tail whipping, inflating themselves and hissing are most likely if threatened,” he said.

 

 


While it remains unclear how exactly the creature ended up in the store, locals say it may have been trying to escape humid weather, and Ward pointed to the lizard’s powerful sense of smell, noting that the carnivore may have been drawn to the scent of food.

 

According to Ward, monitors are most active during the day, which may explain why Thailand’s 7-Eleven lizard popped up around lunchtime.

TEMI BADMUS
Temi Badmus is a Food scientist and an Art enthusiast. Her desire is to give a listening ear to people and to give an opportunity for everyone to be heard. She's a humorous and controversial writer, who believes all form of writing is audible if its done well. Temi Badmus is research oriented, dog lover; she is currently a mum to two brutal Jack Russell terrier male and female - "Cash" and the female is yet to be named . 🐕 The future is female... The future is Productive