Sunday, May 11, 2008
A surprise visitor, surprised!!
How often do we have surprise visits from our friends or relatives? If possible, we don’t want anything to interrupt our well planned daily itinerary. But, nature sometimes has different ways to play with us by sending some unexpected visitors from different level of creation.
Today ( Saturday -10/05/08) is The Annual Sports Day for us. Since the sports were usually held in the evening, I went to my office during the morning hours to complete some unfinished tasks. I left my room door opened and started with my office work. About an hour later, I heard a kind of scratching sound coming from outside of my room, and became louder and louder followed by strong breathing sound. For awhile, I was shaken and completely rooted to my chair because the noise and breathing sound were very unusual and not of humankind.
Suddenly, there came in slowly a very peculiar looking face from the side of my computer table which was located close to the door. And within splits of second, the whole body was inside the computer lab. Yes, it was a huge monitor lizard. In the beginning I was weighing to chase it out of the room, but on second thought after taking into consideration of our children with disabilities, I decided to call the fire brigade unit to come and catch the lizard alive. While waiting for them to come, I grabbed my camera and started to take some pictures. It hit me once with the tail. It was a very powerful hit.
The firemen arrived and managed to catch the lizard without causing any serious injuries to it. It was then placed in an iron cage before transporting to a new and better habitat. In Malaysia, it’s a common sight to see firemen involved in catching snakes, monitor lizards etc when they enter the houses or offices, as they have a unit trained for this purpose.
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