A tiny gecko was found at a warehouse in Manchester after travelling "thousands of miles" in a shipment of beer.
The stowaway is believed to have travelled 7,000 miles from Hawaii.
It shed its tail – a defence mechanism used by lizards – after it was found by employees at Cave Direct North in Ardwick.
They called the RSPCA.
Manager Will Evans said: “He wasn’t moving fast, but he was trying to get under another pallet and we didn’t know if we’d ever see him again if he got away so we managed to confine him in a box."
The gecko has been nicknamed ‘Skull King’ after the box it was stored in.
He has now been seen by a specialist vet and there are plans to find it a new home.
How far could he have travelled?
Nicola White from the RSPCA says their emergency hotline receives a lot of calls from people who have found spiders, lizards and other exotic animals that have stowed away in deliveries or in suitcases.
Since reptile arrivals like this are not native to the UK it is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to release them, or to allow them to escape into the wild.