tropical lizard is rescued from recycling box by waste crews
foot-long tropical pet lizard has been rescued from a recycling
box by a waste collection crew.
scaly, cold-blooded reptile was hardly moving in the box when
it was discovered by the shocked crew.
hungry and thirsty lizard is from one of the eight bearded dragon
species, and was temporarily cared for by animal experts at Secret
World Wildlife Rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea.
World staff warmed the bearded dragon up on a heated mat and gave
it plenty to drink while feeding it meal worms and vegetables.
It has since been handed over to the RSPCA.
are being made by the RSPCA to discover how and why Iggy ended
up in the recycling box.
lizards can live for decades, but need good care and a heated
vivarium to survive.
Bisset, a driver-loader from Somerset Waste Partnership collections
contractor Kier, said he spotted the exotic lizard in the recycling
box early on Wednesday morning.
said: "We put him in a cardboard box with some newspaper.
He was alive but cold and hardly moving. I did knock on the door
where the box was, but they said it was nothing to do with them."
called him Iggy Pop, and took him back to our depot, where someone
took him to be cared for by Secret World. It is about the strangest
thing I have ever found in a recycling box."
World animal carer Josie Nott said: "We only deal with British
wildlife, but will help in emergency situations when we can stabilise
an animal and then pass it on to the correct organisation."
RSPCA is now involved and the case is under investigation. Anyone
with information about this case should call the RSPCA on 0300
think twice before taking on an exotic pet. They are not just
for Christmas and will need years of care, attention and love."
Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman said: "We collect a
dozen materials in our kerbside collections but none of them include
live lizards. There is no explanation why or how the lizard came
to be in the recycling box; we can only hope the RSPCA can discover
more about this."