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Friday 15 December 2017

'Iggy' the iguana plays lounge lizard in family's back garden

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

THERE was something strange in suburbia yesterday when a housewife who was taking clothes in off the line in her garden spotted a two-and-a-half foot lizard crawling out of a nearby flowerbed.

The woman, from Kilcock, Co Kildare, was initially unsure whether the reptile was real or a toy, and decided to leave it to the experts to find out.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were dispatched to the scene and found the animal -- an iguana -- was very much the real thing.

The lizard, named 'Iggy' by rescuers, was then whisked off for some much needed heat.

"There was a green iguana just sitting in the flowerbed," said chief inspector Conor Dowling.

"It was very cold by the time I arrived and hadn't moved in some time. Iguanas are cold blooded and cannot be active when appropriate external heat is not available."

He added: "Iggy appeared to be in good condition. If we can locate the rightful owner it should be possible to reunite them, though we may have to check on the security of the housing!"

Anybody with information is asked to contact the ISPCA on 043-3325035.

Irish Independent

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