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The monitor lizards had to go – they were raiding fish farms – but capturing 641 of them was no easy task.
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A total of 641 monitor lizards were captured in Samut Songkhram's Amphawa district. They will be released in Ratchaburi. Photo by Sunant Ochakachorn.
Hard day's work for wildlife officials
It was a hard day's work for a group of Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation officers on Tuesday as they were called in to round up 641 monitor lizards in Samut Songkhram's Amphawa district.
The animals did not go willingly. It took several men to load each animal on the trucks that that took them away.
The operation was carried out in Ban Khao Yi San in tambon Yi San after the villagers complained villagers complained they were damaging local fish farms.
The lizards had raided stocks at numerous fishery farms, drawing the ire of about 290 residents from 20 villages in Amphawa and Muang districts' eight tambons, officers said.
The lizards will be released in the Khaoson Wildlife Breeding Centre in nearby Ratchaburi's Chom Bung district, officers said.
Monitor lizards are protected under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act of 1992.
Adapted from a story by Post reporters
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Act: a law passed by a country’s government - พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ
breeding: the producing of young animals, plants, etc - การผสมพันธุ์สัตว์เพื่อขยายพันธุ์
capture: to catch someone or something; to take someone as a prisoner - จับ, จับกุม
complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
damage: to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation: an agency of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment responsible for overseeing the country's national parks, wildlife and plants - กรมอุทยานแห่งชาติ สัตว์ป่า และพันธุ์พืช
ire: anger - ความกริ้วโกรธ, ความโมโห
local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
monitor lizard: large reptiles with have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs - เหี้ย
numerous: many - มากมาย
operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
protected animal: an animal protected by law, making it illegal to to kill or harm the animal -
raid: to enter a place, usually using force, and steal from it - ปล้น
release: to allow someone or something to go free - ปล่อย
residents: people who live in a particular area - ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
round up: to find and bring together a group of people or animals ; sweep up - ไล่จับ (ฆาตรกร, อาชญากร)
stocks: the total amount of something that is available for people to use - จำนวนที่สะสมไว้
wildlife: animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment - สัตว์ป่า
willingly: not objecting to or resisting doing something - อย่างสมัครใจ, อย่างเต็มอกเต็มใจ