Huge iguana found parked up in a lay-by

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A gi­ant iguana more than 5ft long is be­ing cared for by an­i­mal wel­fare ex­perts af­ter he was res­cued from a lay-by.

The Scot­tish SPCA was called out on Tues­day af­ter a man found the rep­tile in a lay-by next to the A702 in the Bor­ders.

The crea­ture was cold and calm so the man was able to pick him up and put him in a box he had in his ve­hi­cle.

He then took the rep­tile to nearby Broughton Pri­mary School to warm up and to be picked up by an an­i­mal res­cue of­fi­cer.

It is now be­ing cared for at the Scot­tish SPCA’s cen­tre in La­nark­shire where staff have named him Iggy.

An­i­mal Res­cue Of­fi­cer Dawn-Vale Low­don, who col­lected Iggy, said: “We were alerted to the lizard af­ter it was dis­cov­ered by a mem­ber of the public. De­spite hav­ing a few bumps, he was all right once he had been warmed up.

“If no one comes for­ward for him we’ll keep him in our care un­til we can find him a suit­able for­ever home.”

It is not known whether Iggy es­caped or was aban­doned.

Scot­tish SPCA Chief In­spec­tor Fiona Hen­der­son said: “Green igua­nas are kept com­monly as pets. They re­quire a lot of care such as UV lights, heat­ing and a big vi­var­ium is needed to keep them com­fort­able. “Iggy’s tail alone is at least 3ft so he’s very large.” A drug used to ease jet lag could be used to tackle the “dev­as­tat­ing” im­pact of painful side ef­fects from can­cer medicines, re­search sug­gests.

Sci­en­tists found the drug – known as me­la­tonin – ap­peared to pre­vent pain caused by chemo­ther­apy dam­age to nerves, block­ing harm­ful ef­fects on nerve health.

Pro­fes­sor He­len Gal­ley, of Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity, said: “These re­sults are promis­ing, es­pe­cially as me­la­tonin treat­ment is known to be safe in other con­di­tions.”

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