A two-meter lizard was finally captured in Malaysia after a three-hour scuffle with Civil Defence Force personnel. At about 1 pm on December 9, the Civil Defence Force, or APM, was called to the Jeli district in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, after a fruit orchard owner spotted the giant lizard, the New Straits Times reported.

Private Nor Hamiludin Norhashim of the APM said the response team saw the lizard near some bushes and it seemed to have a swollen stomach. Norhashim added that the lizard made a run for it when the APM team approached it.

Initial attempts to capture the lizard only antagonized it further. The three officers were overwhelmed when the lizard started lashing its tail at them and they called in another officer as back-up.

The lizard was finally subdued and taken to the APM’s district office.