Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Iguana abandoned in Rome's Villa Borghese park

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 10 - A large iguana was found on a
bench of one of Rome's toniest, monumental parks on Wednesday.
The 1.5-meter lizard had been left in a small box in the
Villa Borghese gardens - Rome's second largest park, which once
formed the party estate of a 17th century cardinal.
Mounted park police discovered the contents of the box by
peering through its many breathing holes - a sure sign of
premeditated abandonment.
It marked the latest in a string of exotic animals left
deserted in public places in the region.
In the last three weeks alone, a royal python was found
slithering through the Prenestino neighborhood of Rome; and two
eastern snapping turtles were rounded up in other areas of the
Lazio region.
The iguana species is protected by CITES - the Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora - even though sale of the creatures is permitted.
The police contacted the Central CITES Service of the State
Forest Police to remove and care for the jilted iguana.

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