A blind lizard traveled more than 10,000 miles in a shipping container from Australia to Sussex.
The big wild lizard, now named Patrick, spent six weeks in the container that departed from Brisbane and was “lucky to survive”.
Patrick was found in an industrial area in Chichester but is now at the RSPCA rescue center in Brighton, which specializes in reptiles, and the charity is keen to find a home for him.
RSPCA Brighton reptile expert Laurie McColgin said: “As Patrick is wild and not born into captivity, we would like to give him a large, specialized home, ideally in a zoo or somewhere with a large walk-in enclosure.
“Probably his journey would have taken at least six weeks. It’s incredible that he managed to survive the ordeal, he’s very lucky!
“He’ll need a very large tree facility with a large water source and lots of climbing branches.
“Once he is back to full strength we will look for places to go.
“We would always advise people to handle any unidentified animal with caution until it has been accurately identified and not attempt to handle an animal discovered to have been accidentally imported.
“We are incredibly busy in the summer months. So if someone finds a stowaway while unpacking, it would really help us if they contact the nearest zoo or exotic animal shop first – so our frontline workers can prioritize saving animals from cruelty and neglect.” .
Patrick arrived at the RSPCA Reptile Center in Brighton on Wednesday 31st August.
He was brought in by West Sussex Wildlife Protection.
The RSPCA receives calls throughout the year from people who have found exotic animals stashed in shipments or in suitcases.
RSPCA scientist Evie Button said: “We would recommend always checking your suitcase thoroughly before leaving a holiday destination.
“Summer is a busy time for us, as highlighted in our Cruelty Campaign – we receive around 134,000 calls a month and our officers are working flat out to prioritize animals affected by cruelty and neglect.
“So a few extra minutes to check your suitcase could help save our officers time.”
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