7 Inch Toy Lizard Extracted From 12 Inch Real Lizard

LizardThe more Jacksonville veterinarian John Rossi tugged, the stranger things became. "I have never extracted a lizard from another lizard before," he said. He's been a veterinarian for 21 years.

Rossi ended up pulling a 7-inch rubber lizard from Mushu, a living 12-inch bearded dragon that had swallowed an inanimate cousin placed in her pen as a companion. Rossi said Mushu's owners took the family pet to the Riverside animal hospital Friday after noticing an unusual protrusion beneath the lizard's tail.

Rossi said he knew nature wouldn't agree. "This species doesn't have babies, it has eggs," he said. But after sedating Mushu and beginning to pull, Rossi ran into the unexpected. "The next thing I knew, I was seeing legs and a body and a head," he said. "It was very strange to be tugging on this thing."

By the time the rubber lizard's legs began to appear, Rossi said he realized what it was. "We were all laughing," he said.

Source: Jacksonville
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