By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A suburban family got the fright of their lives after discovering a giant hungry LIZARD in their kitchen – casually eating their cats’ food.
When dad-of-two Lewis Khan filled up his three cats’ food bowls last week [Jan 14], he never expected it to be devoured by a giant two metre [6ft 6in] lizard that had snuck into his home in Sydney, Australia.
The 54-year-old PR manager said he had no idea what was happening when kids Elliot, 14 and Maia, 11, frantically called him into the kitchen – so was horrified to come face-to-face with a giant goanna casually chowing down their pet cats’ kibble.
Lewis even now believes the reptile could have been inside his home multiple times without his family realising because the cats’ bowls are always licked clean and because the lizard seemed ‘strangely familiar’ with his home.
He said: “We live at the end of a cul-de-sac and we’re surrounded by some bushland. We’ve seen kangaroos, wallabies and possums before but nothing this big.
“We live in suburbia just outside of Sydney city, so it was certainly a shock. We have never had wildlife come into the house before either.
“We were all home at the time. It was my kids who first saw it, and they yelled out for me to come to the kitchen quickly.
“I saw this huge lizard and just thought oh my god. It was a mix of emotions from shock, to excitement and fear.
“It’s legs and claws were massive. It was like a dinosaur.
“I’ve never seen a lizard that big outside of a zoo, it was scary and felt like something out of Jurassic Park.
“I wasn’t sure what to do. I had no idea how we were going to get it out of the house.
“We didn’t want it come further inside or try and hide in the cupboards or something.
“We usually leave our back door open to let fresh air in and to let the cats out.
“But the cat bowls are always licked clean by the end of the day lately, and now I’m thinking this could actually be from the lizard gobbling it all up.
“It seemed familiar and confident and was not bothered by us at all. It wasn’t scared, it was acting like our pet or something.
“It certainly enjoyed the kibble though, it couldn’t get enough. Our cats were not impressed at all that this giant lizard polished off all their food.”
According to the Queensland Museum, goannas – also known as monitor lizards – are one of the largest lizards in the world and are closely related to the Komodo Dragon.
And while the reptiles are not generally aggressive towards humans unless provoked, they have been known to attack and hospitalise people – with their sharp teeth and claws causing damage.
Lewis added that while he tried to help, he credits his two kids for getting the goanna out of the house safely after they began gently nudging it with a broom.
He said: “My kids were the brave ones who were able to coax it out. They just gently nudged it with a broom to try and get it to move.
“But it only moved at its own accord, there was not much we could do as it was so big and heavy.
“It eventually waddled off back outside and was stared down by all three of our cats. We were just lucky that it didn’t decide to eat one of our cats instead.
“We’ve been closing the door since it happened and have decided to get a cat flap. Hopefully it won’t be back anytime soon.
“This would only happen in Australia. Nothing will ever surprise me now.”