Animal welfare officers were called out to rescue an iguana stuck up a tree - only to discover it was a stuffed toy.
A woman spotted what looked like a lizard in a tree near Miller Academy in Thurso in the Highlands yesterday.
She alerted the Scottish SPCA, who broke it to the concerned caller that it was a cuddly toy which had been nailed to a branch.
Senior inspector Audrey Gunn said: "The lady was shocked when I told her it wasn't a real iguana as she thought she'd seen it blink.
"I think someone must have nailed the toy to the tree as a joke and I can see why it fooled her."
The "iguana" has been taken in by Ms Gunn's colleague Mandy McIntyre, a reptile enthusiast who works for the charity.
She said: "It was a nice surprise to find there wasn't an animal in danger in this case and I must admit it gave Mandy and I a bit of a giggle.
"Although this incident turned out to be a false alarm, we'd always encourage people to give us a call if they think an animal is in need of help."