Where are you Oscar ?

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Where are you Oscar ?

Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:40 am

Far North Queensland man searches for missing pet 'Oscar the lace monitor' missing in Cairns
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As far as missing pets go, Oscar the lace monitor is not a run-of-the-mill case.

Far north Queensland man Shane Coleman has spent the last four days and most of the nights between them searching for his beloved "small dinosaur".

"He's about as big as they get, he's nearly a full-grown adult male," Mr Coleman said.

"He's nearly 1.8 metres long head-to-tail, so he really is a small dinosaur.

"I've had him for about 15 years, from a hatchling.

"He's spent a lot of time with me — he used to go to TAFE with me in my schoolbag."

Long-range lizard?
Mr Coleman said he had recently moved to Cairns and that Oscar's cage was "in a limbo stage of being fully put together" when he went exploring (walkabout) sometime on Friday.
<< we hope he hasn't been stolen >>

"He's pushed out of the wire and gone walkabout," he said.

"They can walk up to five kilometres a day [and] it's hard to say what he'd actually do, but I don't think he'd walk that far.

"He's likely to be up a tree or looking around next to bins because he's always hungry, despite looking kind of fat."

In the wild lace monitors eat other reptiles, birds, and eggs, and are known to hunt mammals.

But Mr Coleman said Oscar was fed on a diet of dead chickens and rats bred specifically for feeding reptiles and posed little to no threat to more conventional suburban pets.

"He doesn't have a live food diet — there's been chickens in the yard and he's been around cats and dogs and he doesn't show any interest in them," he said.

"He's very well domesticated so I think the real risk is the other way around, with dogs or cats having a go at him if he wanders into their yard.

"He's never really [hunted], he's only ever been fed dead foods so I don't know how he's going to go in the wild and I don't really want him out there."

An agreeable companion
Mr Coleman said despite Oscar's size and fearsome appearance he was quite an approachable reptile.

"He's one of the most domesticated monitors I've come across," he said.

"I often get comments from breeders and reptile keepers who say, 'How have you got that thing so tame?'

"But it's jut down to the time that I've spent with him."

Mr Coleman asked anyone who thinks they've found Oscar to be cautious and to contact to get in touch with him.

"I wouldn't attempt to handle him, even though I would say he's friendly," Mr Coleman said.

"I don't clip his claws so he's capable of deep scratches, but I'd say he's very unlikely to bite anyone or anything."

<< Golly he's a handsome and happy looking lizard.
The video climps on the TV of Coleman and Oscar interacting were amazing, he's got a great trusting bond with his big spoilt pet goanna .
I hope he's nearby , up a tree somewhere near their home and one of the locals spots Oscar so he can "rescued" by Coleman .

Hope there's is a followup story with a happy ending - watch this space.

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EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Where are you Oscar ?

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:00 am

That's sad to hear. I guess those of us on this forum can relate to a missing small dinosaur. I hope he returns safely soon!
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Re: Where are you Oscar ?

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:15 pm

No updates so far ….

At least he wont be a cat victim , any cat with any sense that sees him will head for the hills , wild lace monitors are an apex predator and cats and small dogs on the menu.
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
Puff (RIP 10Dec15),Rex (RIP 16Mar17),Toothless (RIP 26Nov17).Peppa (RIP 22Mar19).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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