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Iguana call barking up wrong tree

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."

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