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    This Woman Dragged A Goanna Through A Restaurant Like It Was Nothing

    At first, she thought it was just a dog.

    Footage of a waitress at an Australian winery evicting a goanna by the tail has gone super viral.

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    The goanna, which was just under two metres long, scurried into the restaurant on Saturday before settling under one of the tables, where it chilled out while patrons screamed.

    French traveller Samia Lila, who was waiting tables at Mimosa Wines in NSW, initially thought the big lizard was a dog. She soon realised it wasn't a dog, but nonetheless acted quickly to remove whatever it was from the premises.

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    "I know it's bad, but it was getting close to customers," she told Fairfax Media.

    "I wasn't scared, I like reptiles so was a bit excited."

    The video of Samia's heroic act already has over 250,000 views and thousands of shares and comments.

    Goannas can be dangerous.

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    While most are likely to run away when confronted by a human, the goanna's heavy tail can knock animals and small children to the ground. It was originally thought that pain from goanna bites was caused by bacteria in its mouth, however in 2005 researchers found that goannas produced a venom similar to poisonous snakes.

    Mimosa Wines did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.

    Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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