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RSPCA called to rescue 'lizard' which turns out to be a dirty sock

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/09/2017 Harriet Pavey
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A family were left “mortified” after they called the RSPCA to come and rescue a rare lizard which turned out to be a dirty sock.

After being scared by the “lizard” lurking near the bed, the family called the RSPCA to come and rescue it.

RSPCA officer Vic Hurr attended the call in Coventry, Warwickshire. She approached the unmoving reptile "cautiously" at the house on Goring Road, unable to identify its breed.

On closer inspection, Ms Hurr realised it wasn't a lizard, but a dirty sock.

"It was around seven inches long and about two inches wide," Ms Hurr said, when she saw the suspected lizard on Friday.

"It was protruding from the edge of the bed and it wasn't moving at all.

"I got out my torch to see better and that's when I realised it wasn't a lizard at all, it was a pink stripy sock."

Ms Hurr didn’t leave without passing on some domestic advice: “I advised the young girl whose bedroom it was to tidy her room and to take care of her socks, but not before reminding her that another one will turn up soon as they are usually in pairs!”

An RSPCA spokeman said the family were "quite mortified" at having called the service to the rescue.

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