Video of lizard in car bonnet goes viral online

An online video of a lizard found in a car bonnet has gone viral on Facebook after it was posted last Thursday. -- PHOTO: THUM WAI LOONG/FACEBOOK
An online video of a lizard found in a car bonnet has gone viral on Facebook after it was posted last Thursday. -- PHOTO: THUM WAI LOONG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - An online video of a lizard found in a car bonnet has gone viral on Facebook after it was posted last Thursday.

The video shows a few men trying to pull a five-feet-long lizard out of the car bonnet. As of Tuesday night, the video posted by Malaysian netizen Thum Wai Loong garnered more than 900 likes and was shared more than 6,000 times.

The incident took place after Mr Thum had picked his car up from Kuala Kedah Jetty in the state of Kedah. "After two traffic lights (about five minutes later), I heard a short tapping sound coming from my engine area," said the 42-year-old assistant sales manager. " I stopped by the road side, popped the engine and decided to check... I had a shock as I (lifted) the car hood and saw a huge scaly tail."

Mr Thum immediately called a friend who informed paramilitary civil volunteer corps Rela Corps. They arrived five minutes later.

After trying to yank the lizard out for 10 minutes, the Rela personnel decided to let go. It slid under the car and quickly into a big drain beside the car, said Mr Thum.

When asked if his car was damaged, Mr Thum said: "No damage at all, just had to wash the engine twice due to some strong salty smell."