Indian lizard rescued from Pontefract after travelling 7,500km stowed away in a shipment of stones

A stowaway lizard has been rescued from a Pontefract garden, after travelling more than four thousand miles away from home.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 12:15 pm
A stowaway lizard has been rescued from a Pontefract garden, after travelling more than four thousand miles away from home. Photos: RSPCA

The Oriental Garden Lizard was found at a home on Hayfield Way, Pontefract earlier this month, when an unsuspecting homeowner opened a shipment of Indian stones that had been delivered for their garden.

After spotting the lizard, they managed to contain and protect him, before contacting the RSPCA for help.

Animal rescue officer Liz Braidley said: "The member of the public who discovered this critter in a shipment of Indian stones was very surprised!

"They managed to contain the lizard and call us right away.

"He was healthy and lively, especially considering the long journey he must have undertaken.

"I took him to a specialist reptile centre where he will be looked after and it was confirmed that he is an Oriental Garden Lizard.”

It is believed the little critter, who is about 12 inches long, had stowed away with the stones when they were dispatched from India.

He was then unwittingly transported more than 7,500km,, or 4,600 miles, from India to Yorkshire, where he was rescued and taken for specialist care.

Strangely, this is not the first time an oriental garden lizard has been found in Yorkshire.

Last year, the RSCPA was called to rescue another lizard in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, who had also been transported with Indian stones.