By Michael Scott
A huge lizard was lucky to be alive after travelling for four hours trapped in a car engine.
Ayesha Cantor was visiting Kuzuko Lodge, part of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, in South Africa, when she had to remove a rock monitor from under the hood of her jeep.
The scared lizard made his way further into the car as they tried to retrieve him and decided to continue, hoping he would make his way out on the journey.
She said: “On opening the hood the monitor scrambled to hide behind the engine and proved impossible to dislodge so the guide thought to continue and that he may find his own way out along the way.
“The lizard must have stayed inside the car for the three-hour game drive and back to reception, which was about a 19-mile journey.
“He was big, which came as a bit of a shock, but also clearly distressed by this point, hissing and thrashing his powerful tail in warning.
“Their teeth are sharp and their tails can deliver a numbing whack, but I believe they are more concerned about getting away from humans.”
The lizard was safely removed and released back into the wild.
She said: “He was mighty indeed and in no hurry to get away as he continued to hiss and thrash.
“Other than having some engine oil on his body, we did not notice any injuries.
“There is never a dull moment in the bush.”