Coun­cil worker on lunch break finds 5ft iguana in layby

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A LIZARD about 5ft long es­caped death af­ter be­ing found on the road­side by a coun­cil worker.

The fully-grown iguana was spot­ted in a layby near a Pee­b­lesshire vil­lage, in the Scot­tish Bor­ders.

Coun­cil worker Steve O’Hara dis­cov­ered the lizard dur­ing his lunch break.

He said: “I was driv­ing on the A702 be­tween Ro­manno Bridge and Blyth Bridge when I pulled into a layby to have my lunch.

“As I sat in my van eat­ing my sand­wiches I hap­pened to fo­cus on an ob­ject on top of the dry stane dyke, six to eight feet from me, and saw it was a large lizard.

“I ap­proached it, gave it a gen­tle prod and found it was still alive so I emp­tied a large box from my van and put the iguana into it and put it into the front seat with the heat­ing on full blast.”

He con­tacted the Scot­tish SPCA and took the lizard to the nearby Broughton Pri­mary School for col­lec­tion.

An­i­mal res­cue of­fi­cer Dawn-Vale Low­don said: “De­spite hav­ing a few bumps, he was al­right once he had been warmed up.

“He is be­ing cared for at our cen­tre in La­nark­shire where he has been named Iggy.”

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