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Chameleon mistaken for toy until it winked!

A Rhyl resident had a surprise recently when they spotted a rainbow-coloured object on a plant in their garden. At first they thought it was a toy someone had put there – but then it closed one eye!

Colourful stray

When collected by RSPCA Cymru, the multi-coloured reptile turned out to be a stray panther chameleon. RSPCA Inspector Jenny Anderton says: “This colourful chap gave the resident quite a shock! We’re grateful to them for contacting us – and the chameleon has been taken to specialist facilities for further care.

Chip reminder

“This unusual rescue is a reminder that it’s vital to keep exotic pets in appropriate housings, and very important to get pets identified. Had this chameleon been microchipped, we could have contacted the owner and reunited them with their pet.”

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