Lifting a Large Lizard with a Weir Winch

If you think that headline is nonsensical, the original headline of the news story is “Huge goanna winched by crane to safety from Torrumbarry Weir by Goulburn-Murray Water workers.” Yes, it’s from Australia. A goanna is any of around 70 species of lizard found in Australia. The name came from iguana, which is an unrelated South American lizard. A weir is a short dam that doesn’t hold back all the water, but keeps the river above it at a deeper level. The story involves an almost 5-foot goanna who wandered onto a weir, which is not safe. Waterworks employees rescued the goanna by lowering a log by crane down to where the animal sat. The lizard eventually moved into the log, it being the only thing familiar to him. Then they raised the log up with a winch, with the goanna holding on for dear life.

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Once the goanna was safe on the riverbank, the workers gave him a large snack of carp, which he finished before wandering off. All’s well that ends well, right? While that’s where the news story ends, in our imaginations we can see the goanna telling his goanna friends about his epic adventure in which he flies through the air on a log. They don’t believe him, but then the part about getting a bucket of carp handed to him gets their attention. The next day, waterworks employees arrive to find three goannas have climbed onto the weir. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Goulburn-Murray Water)

Source: neatorama

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