Escaped iguana rescued from pub roof by firefighters

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Firefighters in Kent help rescue a runaway iguana from the roof of a pub after it was discovered making the most of the September sun.

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Ronnie the iguana was found on the roof of a pub in Folkestone, running away from his owner.

The tropical lizard escaped through a nearby window, before carving the walls of the pub and appearing on the terrace at lunchtime Monday.


Firefighters used an aerial ladder to rescue the so-called “Runway Ronnie” before returning the “scaly” creature to its owner’s arms.

Usually the fire brigade rescues more cats than iguanas, and the RSPCA was on hand to assist during the rescue operation on East Street, Folkestone Harbour.

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RSPCA Inspector David Grant said: “This is the first time I have been called to rescue an iguana, especially one on the loose on a roof.

“He had climbed right over the house and was sunbathing on the edge of the terrace. We didn’t want him to run away unnecessarily, so we used our drop-net to catch him and we soon got him back on the ground.

Mr Grant described how “thankfully” Ronnie was no worse off for his adventure, noting that “it could have ended very differently.”

On Twitter, the Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: “It’s not every day that you rescue an iguana from the roof of a pub, but that’s exactly what our staff and the official-RSPCA responded to earlier at Folkestone.

“Fugitive Ronnie had run away from a nearby window and broke the walls of the pub. We are happy to say that he is back safely in the arms of his master.”


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