City rangers announced on Tuesday that they have received a rare water monitor from a resident named Dau Viet Ha, who lives in Ward 14 of Go Vap.

Ha told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his wife discovered the live lizard at 5:00 pm last Friday.

Then, she called a nearby man to help Ha capture the animal.

A water monitor found along a canal bank in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Due to the fact that the water monitor is an endangered species, Ha promptly contacted the municipal Forest Protection Department to arrange for its handover, thereby ensuring its protection.

“I hope this reptile receives the proper care and is able to find a suitable habitat for release,” Ha stated.

The lizard was identified as a female and weighs approximately 3.5 kilograms.

The water monitor is categorized as a Group IIB species under Vietnamese law, which includes rare and endangered forest species.