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Stowaway gecko survives 4,800-mile journey from China to UK


stowaway gecko survived inside a field of musical devices for 3 months because it travelled 4,800 miles from China to the UK.

The 10cm gecko, nicknamed Skinny Lizard by RSPCA employees, was found at a musical instrument importing firm in Maidstone, Kent on Monday final week – having been sealed in an ocean delivery container in October.

The RSPCA’s Clive Hopwood got here to the rescue and picked up the Asian home gecko, which is now within the care of the charity’s Brighton Reptile Rescue.

“The employees had been unpacking a field when the little gecko scuttled out,” Mr Hopwood defined.

“The field had been a part of a cargo that had travelled over from China in a sealed ocean delivery container in October, however the field wasn’t unpacked till three months later.”

The gecko was discovered amongst musical devices in a cargo from China (RSPCA)

Mr Hopwood stated it’s “superb” that the gecko survived the journey.

“It’s superb that this little gecko survived such an extended journey and such a very long time shut contained in the sealed packaging however they had been capable of confine him after which known as us for assist.

“I took Skinny Lizard to our consultants at Brighton Reptile Rescue who’ve recognized him as an Asian home gecko and can discover him a specialist dwelling.”

The RSPCA stated that Skinny Lizard was fortunate to outlive as reptiles are ectothermic, which means they depend on their setting to heat up or quiet down as wanted.

The charity hopes his journey will remind holidaymakers to all the time give their suitcases a radical test earlier than flying dwelling.

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