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Brit tourist's scaly surprise

A rare lizard survived a 3,000-mile flight in a suitcase only to be put through the wash by an unsuspecting holidaymaker...

Friday, February 10, 2012

 
 

A rare lizard survived a 3,000-mile flight in a suitcase only to be put through the wash by an unsuspecting holidaymaker.

Sue Banwell-Moore found the brown 6in Chioninia lizard among her washing after returning from a trip to the Cape Verde islands, off Western Africa.

The company director, who lives near Taunton, Somerset, realised it had stowed away in her luggage, reports the Media.

Ms Banwell-Moore has since grown fond of the lizard, which she has named Larry, but said it was a shock at the time.

"I looked down and there was this lizard on the floor. I did scream, I was just so shocked, I couldn't believe how it had got there," she said.

"I touched it and it didn't move - it was very cold - and I thought maybe it was dead."

After covering the lizard with a saucepan for her son to pick up later, she took a 'little peek' and to her surprise found he had moved.

"I thought "Oh my God, he's alive"," she added. "We kept him all night in the box and kept the heating up all night to keep him warm.

"I realised what the poor thing had been through, and I sort of fell in love with him."

Larry has now completed the last part of his journey - to the Tropiquaria Wildlife Park in Watchet, where he will spend the rest of his days.

 

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