"Virtual Volunteers" - SPAN Magazine
Tue, 2010-03-30 07:05 | by Kate
Grab your helmet and get on the bike,” shouted Wildlife SOS rescuer Sanjay Acharya to Jon Dunn, an American volunteer visiting India for the first time. The two were off to a Vodafone store in Noida, just outside New Delhi. The Wildlife SOS helpline had received a frantic call from the store manager that a “large crocodile type of animal” was loose on its premises and the store employees feared for their lives and were concerned for the safety of what Wildlife SOS suspected was a monitor lizard.
After flying over flyovers on the back of a two-wheeler in New Delhi traffic, Dunn looked like he had seen a ghost, but there was no time for personal trauma. The two arrived and were immediately pointed to a stairwell piled with garbage. Acharya began his search.
“I think the employees of the store were slightly perplexed as to who I was, possibly assuming I was some sort of expert,” says Dunn. “I have never seen a monitor lizard in real life and I was a bit worried that when I saw the lizard I might scream.”
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