Godzilla on the loose: Monitor

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Godzilla on the loose: Monitor lizard causes chaos inside Thailand store

A giant ‘Godzilla-esque’ monitor lizard freaked out customers while doing their shopping at a go-to convenience store in Thailand.

Godzilla on the loose: Monitor

Image: Twitter/Science girl

A huge monitor lizard was recently caught on camera clambering up a tall shelf of products in the corner of a 7 Eleven in Thailand.

Godzilla vs 7 Eleven

According to Global News, when the giant lizard reaches the top, it then seems to pause and enjoy the warmth coming from the neon lights overhead. The lizard, which can weigh up to 90kg, caused quite a havoc and had customers a bit freaked out. While it’s not clear when the incident took place, as India Today pointed out, it was posted on Wednesday, 7 April 2021 by journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

What’s more, a range of social media responses proved to be priceless, with pronouncement such as, “Don’t mind them, it’s their first day on the job,” and “Godzilla vs 7 Eleven.”

About the monitor lizard

According to Hide Away Africa, it is speculated that monitor lizards swam and island-hopped from Asia and Australia over to Africa. In Southern Africa, there are two species of the large lizards that some herpetologists say are more closely related to a snake than a lizard. The Nile monitor lizard and the Rock Monitor lizard can stand on their hind legs to monitor their surroundings, hence their name. What’s more, these lizards can live up to 22 years in captivity and some can reach almost six feet (1.8 metres) in length. It’s the second-largest lizard in the world behind the Komodo dragon.

Monitor lizards in Asia tend to live in canals and ponds in considerably humid climates, according to NBC News. It’s unknown why the monitor wandered into the 7 Eleven, even though it is speculated that it might have been looking for food due to recent months of dry weather with little rain.

Luckily, no one was hurt as these lizards are naturally shy and would rather stay away from humans. Reports suggest that the lizard was later captured and released back into the wild.