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Phuket tourists rattled by beach-faring monitor lizard

PHUKET: Tourists enjoying Nai Harn Beach scattered across the sand yesterday afternoon (April 27) to make way for a monitor lizard that decided it wanted to join the international jet-setters in sunning itself on a world-famous beach.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 28 April 2017, 01:04PM


Lifeguards caught the monitor lizard barehanded and released it into the nearby forest. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Service
Lifeguards caught the monitor lizard barehanded and released it into the nearby forest. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Service Lifeguards caught the monitor lizard barehanded and released it into the nearby forest. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Service Lifeguards caught the monitor lizard barehanded and released it into the nearby forest. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Service
Lifeguards caught the monitor lizard barehanded and released it into the nearby forest. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Service

The Phuket Lifeguard Service revealed the news in a post on its Facebook page, with photos of the reptile and the message, “Nai Harn had a guest today. Lifeguards had to remove it from the beach.”

One lifeguard told The Phuket News that the lizard was about a meter long and weighed over seven kilograms.

“We think the lizard went onto the beach in search of food, and seemed unafraid of the tourists,” the lifeguard said.

“But we were afraid that some tourists might scare it by trying to approach it to take photos. The lizard might have reacted aggressively to this, so we had to remove it from the beach and release it into the nearby forest,” he said.

 

 

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