In the suburbs of Larissa, next to a trash can, a passer-by saw an abandoned iguana of enormous size.
It was discovered on Tuesday morning by a local resident, who noticed a plastic bag in which someone was fumbling around next to a garbage can on Karamanlis Avenue. Looking closely, he discovered that the package contained some kind of exotic animal, probably a reptile.
After some time, the municipality of Larisa was notified of this, and the responsible officer of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Mr. Georgios Christodoulos, arrived at the site. He discovered that the animal is indeed the green iguana of choice for many. Apparently, the owner “played enough” and out of habit, when they throw away something unnecessary, he decided to “take it to the trash heap.”
The exotic animal, which needed to be immediately warmed (otherwise it could have died), was accepted by veterinarians. After negotiations between the employees of the municipality and competent animal welfare societies, it was decided to transport the exotic beauty to Athens. The iguana was handed over to ANIMA (Wildlife Conservation Association) staff.
As noted by larissanet, the Department of Wildlife Conservation of the Municipality of Larissa, as a service structure, has been established in recent years. Its creation was deemed necessary on the occasion of the acquisition of hawks to remove crows from the city center. The staff also looked after and treated stray animals, usually dogs and wild birds. However, this is the first time professionals have had to deal with an abandoned iguana.