Girl warned to keep her socks to­gether af­ter ‘lizard’ scare

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LON­DON: It was 18cm long, 5cm wide, pink, stripy and the English fam­ily who dis­cov­ered it hid­ing un­der a bed thought it could be a danger­ous lizard.

But af­ter the ter­ri­fied fam­ily called an an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity to ap­pre­hend the “crea­ture” at their home in Coven­try, cen­tral Eng­land, it was re­vealed that it was some­thing far less sin­is­ter – a dirty sock. An­i­mal col­lec­tion of­fi­cer Vic Hurr, from the RSPCA char­ity, said she had war­ily ap­proached the “lizard” af­ter be­ing alerted to its pres­ence last Fri­day.

“It was pro­trud­ing from the edge of the bed and it wasn’t mov­ing at all,” Hurr said. “As it wasn’t very light, I got out my torch and that’s when I re­alised it wasn’t a lizard at all. I ad­vised the young girl whose bed­room it was to tidy her room and to take care of her socks, but not be­fore re­mind­ing her that an­other one will turn up soon, as they are usu­ally in pairs.”

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