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Monitor lizard at the Colobus Trust

Did he stop the war? I wouldn’t know. The hotline rang in the last 5 minutes of the movie.

It was reported that a monitor lizard had been hit by car. ANIMAL WELFARE EMERGENCY was announced. We took the net, gloves, cage and everything else we needed and got on the road. We found the lizard hiding in the bushes next to the road where it had been hit. Catching it was quite a challenge. We managed to make the impressive creature move out of the scrub where we were able to throw a net over it. After a quick look we could tell immediately that it had a really severe injury under its right arm. We took it to the travel cage and drove our way back to the clinic at the Trust.

The monitor lizard in the travel cage

The monitor lizard in the travel cage

A local vet, Dr Peter, came quickly to help. After series of shots of anesthesia the lizard finally fell asleep and the vet could take a closer look. He cleaned and studied the wound. There were no other injuries that he could tell so he stitched up the injury and we let the rather large lizard get some rest and time to recover. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the lizard died the following day probably from internal bleeding from the accident.

Myself, Dr Peter and Cara with the patient

(l-r) Myself, Dr Peter and Cara with the patient

It is a sad experience but we will keep trying to help and save the animals that need our help.

Thanks for reading,

Elad

Eco-volunteer from Israel

Mavinya and Cara showing the size of the lizard

Mavinya and Cara showing the size of the lizard