12/28/2012 09:27 AM
Posted by Vain
3 ft savannah monitor
Why wouldn't you keep that? I would totally love to just be walking on the street with a huge !@#$ing lizard next to me. "Don't mind me, just walking my reptile"
Now that I think about it. I would totally get a Komodo Dragon (implying they aren't to endangered) also if they were tameable. Sure I would be known as "That weird guy who plays WoW all day and has a pet sloth and komodo dragon," but it would be a great conversation starter in the park.
We actually did end up keeping him. This man found "Cedar" in his garage. Apparently, the owner had just turned him loose (along with a 9ft Boa Constrictor that was brought into the clinic about a week later -full of a duck from the local duck pond (they took a real cool x-ray of the bulge in his midscection)-. Instead of contacting animal control to get the monitor, he end up beating him with a broom stick (hence the name my mom gave him O' Cedar, and then decides to bring him to the vet where she worked to see what kind of reptile it was.
After taking Cedar in, the vet finds that his ulna and radius is broken on one leg, and he has a head tilt, presumably from brain swelling. After he leaves, the vet gets a call from a local pet store. Apparently the jerk had come in and tells them the story and wanted to know how much they'd pay him for it.
He calls the vet back to see if he can pick up his lizard; says that he wants to show it to his grandchildren. The vet tells him that if he takes the monitor she can assure him that he will be showing them a corpse, as the monitor was in need of intensive care. He says, "that's OK, I'll be over to get it". The vet says there's a matter of the bill and proceeds to make sure the bill is padded enough that no one in their right mind would want him. "It's $530 so far."
Dude never called back, so my mom brought him home to help nurse him back to health and paid for his x-rays, a bag of lactated ringers, antibiotics, and anesthesia from where they placed a cast on him. Being an employee, she didn't have to pay for vet services (labor) and only half price for supplies...to the grand tune of about $25.
She had fallen in love with him and his gentle disposition and we ended up keeping him. He was an awesome pet, and lived many years happily creeping about the house loose. The cat and weiner dog wouldn't get within 10 feet of him. He ate thawed frozen mice so that he wouldn't get into the habit of tracking moving objects (like your fingers) thinking that they were food, he'd poop once a week (soaking in his tub of warm water), and had a cozy spot to sun himself under lights and get warm if he wanted. He was quite the conversation starter.