Lizard In Store Incites Police Action - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Lizard In Store Incites Police Action

Published January 18, 2014

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A small lizard found inside a package delivered from Sweden prompted the store receiving the goods to contact law enforcement.

DV reports that the package, which originated in Sweden, arrived at Make Up Store in the mall Smáralind yesterday. When store employees opened the package – which was supposed to only contain cosmetics – they found an unexpected addition.

“It was about five centimetres long,” Margrét R Jónasar, the owner of the store, told reporters. “First, we called the Animal Protection Supervisory Authority, who told us to call the police. But the police told us to call the emergency number for such cases.”

Eventually, police arrived on the scene and seized the lizard (seen above). Remanded into custody, the lizard was then taken to Keldur, the experimental centre for pathology at the University of Iceland.

“It’s the kind of incident that makes life more fun,” Margrét added.

Whilst it is unknown what fate awaits the lizard at a university pathology centre, it is for now enjoying a better fate than the snake that was found in a supermarket last autumn. It also cannot be adopted – lizards, reptiles and turtles are illegal in Iceland to own as pets.

It is unknown if the store was billed for the lizard.

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