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Stowaway lizard surprises docks workers after crawling out of shipment from India

Bosses of a freight company in Merseyside were left in shock after a stowaway lizard crawled out of a sandstone shipment all the way from India.

The two foot lizard managed to survive a 4,700-mile journey from Mundra Port in India to Alexandra Dock in a container full of sand.

Staff from Freight Logistics on Regent Road, Bootle watched in shock as the reptile coolly wandered out of the container as they unloaded the cargo in their warehouse.

The young lizard has been named Miracle after defying the odds to survive the long trek without being crushed.

Tracy Lockwood, who runs Freight Logistics with her partner Robert Winfield, admitted she was surprised when she opened the container and found the unusual cargo.

Credit: Liverpool Echo

“The lizard must have sneaked in at the other end with the sandstone and we were amazed it wasn’t squashed.

"We were also concerned about the cold weather compared to what it’s used to, so we made sure we kept her warm.

“It was exciting, and her arrival created a real buzz with staff taking photos, but we were aware a creature had been inadvertently imported into the country and there would be restrictions and regulations.

"We’ve never experienced anything like this because we don’t transport live animals, just timber, steel and stone.

“We contacted the port owners, Defra, trading standards and Liverpool University but nobody had the faintest idea what to do. Then the RSPCA recommended Rutland House Vets who were a great help.”

– Tracy Lockwood

The lizard was taken to to Rutland House Veterinary Hospital in St Helens , which has a department for exotics species, and she will remain in their care until a specialist home can be found for her.

An Indian monitor - which will grow to be around 6 ft in length as an adult - is also known as a Bengal monitor and found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, as well as Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

They are solitary creatures and are usually very shy and avoid humans. When caught, they can bite, although rarely do.

They live on a diet of beetles, grubs, scorpions, snails, ants and other insects.