SINGAPORE - As Muhammad Hakim Amran, 11, skipped down the stairs to go to the park last Saturday, he recoiled in horror at what he thought was a crocodile in the lift lobby.
The reptile, later identified as a monitor lizard, was about a metre from the lift on the first storey of Block 810 Yishun Ring Road. It was about 1.5m long. The Peiying Primary School pupil ran back to his second- storey flat to tell his four siblings and they dashed downstairs to see the rare sight.
Said his 20-year-old sister, Miss Nurkhairunnisa Amran: "An uncle stretched out his hands and pushed a dustbin towards the lift door to prevent anyone from coming out and the reptile from entering.
"He told us to go up to the second floor and stop anyone using the lift to come down to the first floor."
The Mechatronics Engineering student from Nanyang Polytechnic said that volunteers from Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) arrived two hours later.
"They prodded the lizard with a sticklike object to get it out of the lobby where they would have more space to catch it," she said.
The siblings stood at the staircase landing to watch the lizard's capture.
Miss Nurkhairunnisa also shot a video of the Acres team coaxing the lizard out of the lobby and capturing it using a lasso pole and a sack.
The video, which she uploaded on Facebook, has more than 4,000 shares and 500 likes.