Monday, July 23, 2012

in other news...

the lizard has been found!

And no, this is not Meego the herpetologist's latest acquisition.  This is Dino.

Dino is a (freaking!) 6-foot long Nile Monitor lizard that escaped from his front yard about a week ago.  Yes, he's someone's pet.  I don't know, I guess they were all out having a few beers on the porch or something, and Dino took off.

So the news went out, complete with reverse 911 calls to neighbors - watch out for your pets and small children alerts and such - in case Dino gets hungry.  The owner claimed that Dino is "nice" and would probably just be looking for shelter.  But of course, everyone's thinking, "Won't he get hungry?  Eventually?"

ANYWAY, he was found.  Somebody spotted Dino about two miles away from home, and on the other side of the freeway.    They called the sheriff, and the sheriff, wisely,  called the owner.  Owner and Dino had a touching reunion.  Everybody breathed a sigh of relief.  Dino is fine, just missing a part of his tail.

One of my friends says it's a sign.  A sign that Colorado's luck is taking a turn for the better, on account of Dino's happy reunion.

I think she's grasping at straws, but I'll take it.


  1. Well, I guess it's good that Dino is back home safe and sound. But I always have to wonder when an exotic animal escapes, if the owner deserves to have it back. I mean, if Dino might eat small pets... maybe he's not a good choice of pet himself.

  2. I was wondering if you had adopted another "rescue". That is one ginormous, scaly critter. That one looks like he could go toe-to-toe with our of our local gators. I think I'd rather stick with my Goldens.

  3. Oh my oh my. Oh my. Oh my.

    That is all.

  4. Uh, yeah... my first thought was that you gave into Meego's begging before his 'wait time' was up, but I didn't think it looked like the precious picture you posted the other day.
    I'm glad it was found. I'm glad it's not yours.

  5. I'm surprised they let someone own a monitor lizard as a pet--they are very dangerous to other pets, and sometimes to people.

  6. Maybe Dino did get hungry, and the tail end was the only thing available. Yikes.