A 1.2-meter-long clouded monitor was rescued after falling into a lake at a tourist area in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam.
The lizard weighs about five kilograms.
Pham Minh Nhut, vice-chairman of the Nha Trang - Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, said on Wednesday that the lizard was found by some employees at the Dac Nhan Tam tourist site in Dien Xuan Commune under Dien Khanh District four days ago.
These employees fished the monitor out of the lake and took care of it.
They quickly reported the case to the Dien Khanh forest protection division and the Dien Xuan Commune administration.
“The management board of the tourist site will work with rangers to release the lizard into the Hon Ba Nature Reserve this weekend,” Nhut said.
The clouded monitor features a gray body with many yellow spots, according to the Dien Khanh forest protection division.
Clouded monitor, whose scientific name is Varanus nebulosus, is classified in Group IB, the list of endangered species of forest animals that are strictly prohibited from exploitation and use for commercial purposes, said the division.
This type of lizards is often found in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, the lizard inhabits Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Kon Tum, and Gia Lai Provinces.
|Some employees fish an endangered monitor out of a lake at a tourist site in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam.|
|A clouded monitor is seen in a lake at a tourist site in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam.|