Council worker on lunch break finds 5ft iguana in layby
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.”