Monday, 30 April 2012

Monitoring the monitor

On Sunday we spotted through the window this little (or not so little, he measured at least a meter..!) monitor lizard in our garden:

We have seen a few on the other side of the fence, and the dogs often bark at something down the drain which we think is a monitor.
This one had somehow got himself on the wrong side of the fence, and was desperately seeking a way out, without success.
We locked the dogs away before they spotted him, or it would have been rather messy... Then we spent the next good half hour just watching him, to make sure he would find a way out.

He kept walking up and down the fence, trying to stick his head through but would get stuck by his shoulders of course, and as our fence is doggy-proofed.. he was out of luck, no holes big enough.
At one stage he got halfway through and was actually stuck for quite a while, but then managed to wriggle himself back again, phew. Finally, after walking up and down and up and down over and over again, he found a hole under the fence where he could slide through, and off he went.

Don't think he'll be coming back in here!

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