Blue iguana stows away to George Town

| 21/09/2022 | 13 Comments
  • Cayman News Service
  • Cayman News Service

(CNS): Members of the public were quick to spot that an iguana wandering around a parking lot in the industrial area of George Town was not a member of the invasive greens but one of Cayman’s rare and iconic blues. Surprised to see the animal so far from its usual habitat, they called the Department of Environment.

Terrestrial Research Officer Simone Williams responded to the call along with Iguana Researcher and RSPB Biosecurity Officer Tanja Laaser, who confirmed it was a large adult male blue iguana whose tag confirmed he was from the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Officials said they believe the iguana hitched a ride with a Botanic Park vehicle that had arrived at the location in the Industrial Park about an hour before it was discovered.

“Luckily, the large blue had a safe ride to town, was swiftly captured and returned to the park without any injury,” the DoE said in social media posts. “In this case, the blue iguana was quickly detected and didn’t get too far from his native habitat, but this is an excellent example of how easily stowaways can travel unnoticed. Many thanks to the staff from the business who immediately reported the animal to DoE and to all our ‘fast responders’ working to keep our animals and islands safe.”

To report an incident relating to Cayman’s native wildlife call the DoE on 949-8469.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    When we have no supplies next week due to the storm, that would have made a nice meal.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are a disrespectful lout. You can definitely go live somewhere else, whether you are Caymanian or otherwise. Punk!

      • Anonymous says:

        You ever been here during a storm cocker? No way I’ll be queuing miles again to wait to be allowed into Fosters, free range iguana and chicken will suffice.

        • Mumbichi says:

          Eat the greenies, not the blues. You know, if you were a true patriot, you’d do that all the time, not just times of strife. You might ask the DOE how to cook them. I know how.

          I bet you haven’t eaten a single wild chicken. I have eaten hundreds. No antibiotics. No growth hormones, very little fat, except when the hens are gearing up for nesting.

  2. Mumbichi says:

    Thank you Miss Simone and Miss Tanja! I thought Tanja was in LC. Glad you all were there to escort this old bwoy to his home.

  3. Forman says:

    cayman kind

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Look here, unna had me penned up here since my first children were hatched and I had many generations since. All I hear is unna gon make me stay here and breed. A man want to get out a lil bit too unna know! l hear all kinda green Honduranian gyuls crawling bout free and easy George Town and dem places. Unna tink I stayin in this NS bush forever? See ya!”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our Cayman Blue are beautiful! Glad it was safely rescued!


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