A GOANNA was filmed hitching a ride off Bella the dog yesterday.
A GOANNA was filmed hitching a ride off Bella the dog yesterday.

GOTTA SEE THIS: Goanna hitches ride on dog

A GOANNA and a dog in Yandina became an unlikely pair on Wednesday, when the reptile decided to catch a piggyback ride on Bella the staffy.

Bev Stefanidakis was working from home when she heard a commotion, went to investigate, to find discovered an enormous goanna in her chicken coop.

"There was a goanna in the cage," Mrs Stefanidakis said.

"My staffy is always by my side, so she ran straight toward it.

"She went to bite its tail and it jumped on her."

To Bev's horror, the metre and a half long reptile dug its claws into Bella's back and clung on for a ride.

 

"I tired to get a stick to get it off her back - I was panicking but I had to keep her calm; I didn't want her to get bitten or scratched.

Bev pulled out her phone to call her husband, but realising he may not believe her unbelievable story, pressed record for proof.

After the phone went away, Bev took on the Goanna with the help of placid Bella.

"My dog sat down and went a little closer so I could get every claw one by one," Bev said. "When I was lifting the claws it started moving to her side."

A goanna hitched a ride on Bella the staffy in Yandina on Wednesday.
A goanna hitched a ride on Bella the staffy in Yandina on Wednesday.

 

"When (Bella) actually sat down I could get close enough for the goanna not to see me and push the goanna off - then it ran off into the bush."

Bella was treated to a bath in disinfectant to reduce risk of infection and was checked over thoroughly.

"She was very upset about all the commotion, I checked her over thoroughly to check for broken skin," Bev said.

"I just everyone to know that she is fine."

Since the ordeal Bella has enjoyed bulk pats from the Stefanidakis family, having proven once and for all that she is a good girl.

Bella receiving pats post-incident with Amani and Alexis Stefanidakis.
Bella receiving pats post-incident with Amani and Alexis Stefanidakis.

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