Strangers Come Together to Help Monitor Lizard Hit By Car in Bangkok
June 28, 2016
The monitor lizards (Varanus salvator) of Bangkok, Thailand are big and can get a bit unwieldy. They are often seen around the city in the most interesting places, and are considered by some to be pests.
Known as “Hia,” the reptile is generally reviled. But when one got hit by a car, some bystanders went into action in an effort to save it, according to Jira Niyom, a university student who captured photographs of the folks who got it to a pet hospital for treatment.
According to the Bangkok Post, the lizard received help from bystanders and the Bangkok police, who worked together to get the lizard to the Thonglor Pet Hospital. Donations were taken to help pay for the vet bill and Dr. Piyawutthi of Thonglor Pet Hospital deducted his professional fee for attending to the lizard.
"I would like to thank Soonthorn Katecha for paying the bills and contacting the veterinarian, Juk Noppol for placing traffic cones around the injured monitor lizard to prevent other vehicles running over it, Rachane for taking the animal to the vet, Dr Piyawutthi for deducting his professional fee, and Chantharang for a donation,” Niyom posted on his Facebook page.