Monitor lizards, big fish, no ducks, public city park
I love the laid back attitudes of South East Asia. What would cause a near panic in western countries is often completely ignored in this part of the world. Case in point: how about those 150 pound (68 kilo) lizards wandering around Bangkok’s Lumphini park? Can you imagine if even 1 of these water monitors was sighted in New York’s Central park, or San Francisco’s Golden Gate park? There are hundreds of these lizards at Lumphini. In the USA, the local police would call out SWAT teams, animal control, you name it. Imagine the salaries of all those “officials” and “experts” your taxes are paying for.
At Lumphini, it was a local policeman who pointed me to an area where the lizards like to congregate. “Take your camera over there,” he told me in Thai. At first, I didn’t understand the policeman, and when I saw him pointing at my camera, my knee-jerk westernized response was to think: “my god, I’ve photographed something I shouldn’t have. Now this cop wants my camera.”
In actuality, he was pointing at my camera, then pointing over at “lizard island,” a small island where the monitors like to gather. When I realized this, I thanked the policeman, and we crossed over the bridge that separates the mainland from “lizard island.” Actually, it’s more of a peninsula than an island. I’ll write more about that in a future post.