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Large lizard escapes from Ontario zoo

Little Ray's Reptile Zoo in Hamilton, Ontario, said a monitor lizard of a similar size to the lizard in this photo escaped from the facility through an open door. Photo courtesy of Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
Little Ray's Reptile Zoo in Hamilton, Ontario, said a monitor lizard of a similar size to the lizard in this photo escaped from the facility through an open door. Photo courtesy of Little Ray's Reptile Zoo

June 21 (UPI) -- An Ontario zoo is asking members of the public to be on the lookout after a large lizard slipped out of the facility through an open door.

Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and Nature Center said in a Facebook post that the 3 1/2-foot monitor lizard escaped from the Hamilton facility on Saturday morning.

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"We believe he was able to get out through our back door which was ajar," the post said. "Although this animal possesses no threat to people or pets and will very much be nervous and avoid individuals and animals we believe we have a small window of opportunity to find and retrieve the lizard."

The zoo said members of the public should not attempt to capture the lizard, as it is very fast and is likely to bite any strangers who attempt to grab it.

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