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US Secret Service startled by lizards
Bangkok Post, by staff

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Posted By:DaisyMae, 11/17/2012 10:46:59 AM

United States Secret Service agents were taken aback on seeing large water monitors wandering the grounds of Government House during security inspections yesterday ahead of US President Barack Obama´s visit. They mistook them for the ferocious, carnivorous komodo dragons found in parts of Indonesia, a Government House source said. Thai officials calmed their nerves, explaining to them the creatures are relatively harmless. Monitor lizards are commonly found at Government House as the compound is surrounded by canals.US embassy officials accompanying the team told the agents the reptiles could also be found at the US embassy office on Witthayu Road.

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Obviously they never listened to Bob and Ray or they would have rcognized a Komodo dragon when they saw one.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: texascunning, 11/17/2012 11:02:58 AM     (No. 9020517)

I nominate this for Headline of the Day.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/17/2012 11:10:17 AM     (No. 9020524)

They are probably looking for free phones!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: God of Irony, 11/17/2012 11:28:35 AM     (No. 9020557)

How do you have a story about large lizards and no pics?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 11/17/2012 11:44:12 AM     (No. 9020591)

Well, they apparently look just like komodo dragons, only a tad smaller. Yes they are also carnivorous, so keep your shoes on, and probably best not to try to pet them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/17/2012 11:45:48 AM     (No. 9020593)

2 days in Thailand & 5 places to visit while there... who is on this vacation with him? And isn´t there something about a fiscal cliff that needs working out?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/17/2012 11:47:23 AM     (No. 9020597)

SS is busy chasing the monitor lizards over the fiscal cliff...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: strike3, 11/17/2012 12:34:55 PM     (No. 9020690)

Back in the day, the Secret Service would take the time to learn all it could about a host country before a visit. Apparently, protecting their ear leader from local fauna is not high on their list. Well, okay, it wouldn´t be too high on mine either.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/17/2012 1:33:13 PM     (No. 9020773)

Methinks the lizards have better taste than the American people.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/17/2012 1:59:38 PM     (No. 9020812)

How do they protect a snake from a lizard?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 11/17/2012 2:28:31 PM     (No. 9020862)

Is anybody else wondering what the deal is with this trip? Bangkok? Why is he going there, of all places?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: strike3, 11/17/2012 2:55:25 PM     (No. 9020886)

Thailand is a world-renowned place for renting little boy toys. It will be interesting to see if the accompanying journos report a prolonged absence of his islamic highness from the public eye.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/17/2012 2:56:05 PM     (No. 9020887)

´´One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
...I can feel the Devil walking next to me´´

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Lefticide, 11/17/2012 3:03:42 PM     (No. 9020895)

From all of the slithering, they probably thought they were in the company of democrats.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: busterman, 11/17/2012 4:13:21 PM     (No. 9020969)

0bama: Don´t worry boys, I had one of those as a pet when I was a kid living in Indonesia.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: suejeanne, 11/17/2012 4:33:37 PM     (No. 9020995)

and they can climb on walls - quite lovely and startling when you go to the powder room and there is one there to greet you, "nevermind me, I´m just checking out the grout"

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