When a bunch of kids were creating quite a din in the building compound, Chandrakant Thakur, 62, didn’t bother much. He thought it was the usual Saturday evening jamboree for the kids.
However, when he came to his balcony, he saw some adults with the kids, seemingly chasing something armed with sticks, stones et al, the animal activist stepped out.
The commotion at Om Sai Co-operative Society in Virar was on sighting a fully grown chameleon running across in the compound.
Without batting an eyelid, Thakur rushed downstairs rescue the reptile before it was battered to death.
Measuring 30cm that’s the length of a foot-long wooden scale the veiled chameleon soon landed in safe hands.
“Such reptiles are usually found in jungles, hardly in our kind of weather and environment,” said Thakur, president of the Society for Conservation of Reptiles and Environment Welfare. He said these beautiful reptiles are often perceived to be a threat and killed. “They slither into the concrete due to habitat destruction,” he said, adding that he would release it in Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.