Angie Preciado, who lives in Arizona, opened her laundry room door carelessly one day, as she sometimes does, and was surprised by a huge animal racing away and a loud hissing noise. It was completely unexpected, so it seems sense that it took her a moment to grasp what was occurring.
She was very shocked when she took a close look at him.
“Naturally I backed off, nearly ending up on top of my dryer,” Preciado told The Dodo. “He, luckily, went opposite of my direction and behind the laundry room basket. Upon escaping my laundry room and closing the door with a broom to cover the cat entry back into my house, I called my husband and told him … ‘There’s a Gila monster in the laundry room.’”
While the name might sound scary, the Gila monster rarely poses a threat to anyone. While they do have a very painful bite, they’re generally pretty sluggish and just want to do their own thing. Still, it was definitely jarring for Preciado to find one hanging out in her laundry room.
Preciado stated, “I have absolutely NO clue how it entered my home, how long it was there, or whether he “moved” around my home before ending up there.
When Preciado’s husband first heard about their new neighbor, he didn’t believe her. However, when he got home, he picked up the laundry basket and saw the confused lizard for himself. Preciado contacted the non-emergency fire department to see if they might assist in returning the Gila monster to his proper location, and they had the same response as her husband.
They arrived despite thinking it would be something different, Preciado claimed. When the two guys entered the laundry room and moved the basket, they too were taken aback.
The Gila monster was securely removed from the laundry area by the firefighters after being carefully placed in a box. Preciado was overjoyed to see him back at home, even if it was a few yards away from where they had just freed him.