Monday, March 21, 2016

Monitor lizards caught feeding on infant's corpse

Source Website: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/monitor-lizards-caught-feeding-infants-corpse
By The Star, Asia News Network, Sunday, 20 March 2016


A grisly discovery of two monitor lizards feeding on the corpse of an infant has shocked villagers at a water settlement in the east coast Semporna district.
PHOTO: A grisly discovery of two monitor lizards feeding on the corpse of an infant has shocked villagers at a water settlement in the east coast Semporna district.
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KOTA KINABALU: A grisly discovery of two monitor lizards feeding on the corpse of an infant has shocked villagers at a water settlement in the east coast Semporna district.

Semporna police chief Supt Peter Umbuas said they were alerted of the incident at about 3.34pm yesterday.

He said the corpse was noticed by a villager who was bathing her children.

Supt Peter said the woman saw the two reptiles at a rubbish pile near her house feeding on what appeared to be an infant's corpse.

After alerting her neighbours they then shooed away the monitor lizards and placed the remains of the infant in a container and called the police.

Supt Peter said the corpse had been sent to the district hospital for a post-mortem.

By The Star, Asia News Network, Sunday, 20 March 2016


Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
Two big monitor lizards met head-on and were not agreeable on territorial issue.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
The two monitor lizards resorted to fight it out. They have to stand on their two hind legs to out-push one another. This was quite similar to our sumo wrestling, once locked, tremendous pushing started.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
The fighting lasted only for 10 to 15 seconds. The one that fell first would be the looser. It then has to leave the territory promptly.
Picture taken on Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 4:35:48 PM - CIMG8962.JPG

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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake

PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
In this case the winner chased the looser out of its territory.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake

PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
The looser humbly moved away in search for a new home.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake

PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
The winner may not be shy all the time, as we were about to discover. It could be annoyed by having too much attentions. Rightly it could be, because its natural habitat was being intruded by both challenger of its own kind and human beings.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake

PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
After a hard day, this monitor lizard decided that enough was enough. It responded with something surprising. It  began by making a 180º turn towards our direction.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake

PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
We thought it was moving into a more comfortable position as it moved towards us. But we were very mistaken.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
We sensed something was wrong as it lurked faster and faster towards us. Normal monitor lizards didn't do this.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
It was definitely not correct as it charged into our direction. We had nothing to defense ourselves. How I wished I had passed my shuttle run during National Service days.
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Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake

Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
PHOTO: Singapore Botanical Garden - Swan lake
Double confirmed. We were in dangerous position. One last final photo shot and we had to make our escape. It's now or never.

I remembered somebody ever told me: "Unity is strength. United we stand". I looked around, all my companions had disappeared. It was more appropriate: "Run to survive!". Reptiles have no respect for human's rules and regulations.

Somebody uttered a high-pitched piercing sound , as an expression of terror (shriek), but I felt no pain.
Picture taken on Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 4:55:35 PM - CIMG8988.JPG
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