Stranded iguana rescued from cherry tree over Lancaster canal

A stray iguana was spotted in Lancaster and rescued by RSPCA inspectors.

A stray iguana has been rescued by RSPCA inspectors from a cherry tree overlooking a canal in Lancaster.

The rescue, which took place on September 10, involved six RSPCA inspectors, including members of the specialist water rescue team, and a tree surgeon.

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A previous attempt to catch the iguana, thought to be an escaped or dumped pet, the week before, was unsuccessful.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector, Carl Larsson, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we got the call on Monday saying he was back in the cherry tree.

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“It’s thought he’d been straying for around two months, that’s how long the callers said they’d been seeing him around for. It’s a miracle that he’s survived out in the open for so long.

“Hopefully we’ll find this lucky iguana’s owner, but if not he’ll be re-homed.”

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The young male iguana was taken to a specialist exotics vet at The Veterinary Health Centre in Lytham St Annes for examination, and has now been transferred to an exotics expert.