Elmer The 5-Foot Monitor Lizard Finally Claimed By His Owner

By on Jan 27, 2011 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments
Kim McWhorter In Riverside Animal Shelter
Kim McWhorter and Elmer the 5-foot monitor lizard
Image Credit: Riverside County Animal Services/AP

The 5-foot monitor lizard has been claimed by his owner on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Riverside, according to My Fox news website.

Elmer as he was called by his owner was said to be missing since Sunday. It was only discovered wandering around on Tuesday afternoon on a sidewalk in the 2500 block of Grambling Way, near Massachusetts Avenue.

According to My Fox, the monitor lizard‘s tank was in the process of being cleaned. Elmer managed to escape unnoticed when the owner’s brother accidentally left the residence’s front door open.

Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said that an Animal Services worker have inspected the monitor lizard‘s home and was determined to be acceptable.

Elmer was caught on Tuesday by Jenny Selter, an Animal Services worker with the help of a police officer. The monitor lizard was held at the Animal Shelter in Riverside and was tended by Kim McWhorter, the agency’s in-house reptile expert, reports said.

The monitor lizard was then released to his owner after checking the lizard’s living facility.

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