THIS is the incredible moment a ‘Godzilla’ monitor lizard climbs the shelves in a Thai chemist as shoppers scream in horror.
The giant lizard emerged from a canal in the city of Nakhon Pathom and ran into the 7-Eleven store.
It sparked panic as it climbed onto shelves and tossed several cartons of milk onto the ground.
A worried shop assistant called the police, who arrived with reptile handlers to snare the ferocious monitor lizard, early yesterday afternoon.
A shocked customer, Narimpa Tangsin, said she had stopped to buy some food when she saw the huge lizard inside.
What you need to know about monitor lizards
- Where are they found? Monitor lizards are found in Africa south of the Sahara, through southern and southeastern Asia, in Australia, and on islands in the southwestern Pacific.
- Are they dangerous? All Varanus species (the family to which the monitor lizard belongs) are carnivorous. They can be aggressive when threatened, but are not known to commonly attack humans.
- What do they eat? Monitor lizards often consume large insects and spiders, other lizards, small mammals, and birds.
- What do they look like? Most monitor lizards have an elongated head and neck, a relatively heavy body, a long tail, and well-developed legs.
“I wanted to buy a drink but the animal was too close to the drinks aisle,” she said.
“They’re dangerous animals, especially when they’re angry, so I stayed back and recorded it on my phone.
“I guess that shops have everything, even for lizards.”
The rescue team arrived at the shop on the outskirts of the capital Bangkok and dragged the lizard out of the store, before ushering it away into nearby undergrowth.
The creature reportedly did not take any food with it.
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It was thought that the unusually large reptile may have struggled to find food outside, following months of dry weather with very little rain.
Asian water monitor lizards typically lived in canals and ponds in large cities around Thailand, where they fed on fish, snakes and frogs, as well as scraps of food left by humans.
They had a mildly venomous bite which sometimes carried harmful bacteria, and could be aggressive when threatened.