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Rescued iguana finds forever home
Eddie Lizard was rescued by the RSPCA in January.

Eddie Lizard is now being cared for at an aquarium.

A rescued iguana named Eddie Lizard has been rehomed thanks to a Bournemouth aquarium.

The green iguana had been abandoned in a stranger’s doorway in Chiswick, London, in January of this year.

Although it was a cold day when the average local temperature was just 3°C, the 4ft-long iguana had been placed inside a clear plastic box with just a blanket and a towel to keep him warm.

Deprived of the warmth from a heat lamp, he was lucky to survive before he was rescued by the RSPCA.

After a stay at the charity’s reptile rescue centre in Brighton, Eddie has now been rehomed at the Oceanarium aquarium in Bournemouth. He is living in a purpose-built iguana enclosure that includes tree trunks, basking spots, and a pool.

The aquarium has worked with the RSPCA over the last 25 years to rehome various animals, some of which have been linked to the illegal pet trade.

Oliver Buttling, a curator at the Oceanarium, said: “We are very pleased to be able to give Eddie a forever home following the suffering he endured. It is very sad to think there are people out there who think it’s okay to treat animals in that way.

“I want to stress that pet owners need to be aware of the full requirements prior to taking on any animal.

“We are very excited to see how Eddie gets on at the Oceanarium. Already he has settled in well and is very active. He enjoys climbing and sitting in his pool.”


Image (C) Oceanarium

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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