1. ITV Report

Stowaway gecko found in Manchester after travelling thousands of miles in a box of beer

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.

The gecko hitched a ride inside a brewery box. Credit: MEN Media

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."

I’m glad we got a friendly little lizard instead of a huge huntsman spider.

– Will Evans
Credit: MEN Media

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.

We would always advise people to treat any unidentified animal with caution until identified accurately and not to try to handle an animal that has been discovered as accidentally imported.

At least in this instance, ale’s well that ends well

– Nicola White, RSPCA

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.