Here's one wildlife rescue operation we're glad we didn't have to tackle.

The huge 20-kilogram monitor lizard snuck inside a villa on the island of Phuket following heavy rains. And judging by the (rather terrifying) hissing and whips of the tail, the interloper wasn't pleased when rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation arrived to extricate it from its bathroom hideout.

“It was quite a big monitor, about one metre long. It was very strong and difficult to catch,” one of the rescue workers told the Phuket Gazette.

The monitor was finally captured about 30 minutes later and released into a wilderness area nearby. 

Phuket, which lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, has been experiencing heavy storms over the past few days, and it seems animals all over the island have been looking for shelter amid the downpours. Just before the monitor lizard extraction, Kusoldharm Foundation workers received calls to remove a cobra and a python.

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