Family shocked to find lizard in luggage after returning to UK from Seychelles

After returning to Guernsey from their exotic holiday in the Seychelles, a family opened their suitcase to find Sally, a stowaway Pacific gecko lizard hiding among their clothes

A family who live on Guernsey returned home from the Seychelles to find a lizard in their suitcase

A family flying 5,000 miles back from a holiday in the Seychelles had some extra baggage – but it didn’t cost them.

In one of their suitcases was Sally, a stowaway lizard.

She’s less than two inches long and only weighs about the same as a 50p coin.

Sally, a Pacific gecko, packed her bags and left the sunny Seychelles to make a 5,000-mile (8,000km) trip to wintry Britain.

The GSPCA, Guernsey’s RSPCA, said Sally was found when the family landed on Sunday.

She had been “inadvertently packed with holiday luggage” for the flight back from the Seychelles, where this week’s daytime temperatures have been almost 30C.

Sally, the lizard that the family found, is a Pacific gheko
The UK family had been away in the Seychelles


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She was given the name Sally by the family that found her in their bags when they touched down in Guernsey.

The little lizard is in quarantine.

“A new home will be sought for her locally as it won’t be possible to return her back to her homeland,” said the animal charity.

GSPCA manager Steve Byrne said: “Sally seems to have broken the previous long-distance record of a gecko that arrived from India two years ago.”

The GSPCA, Guernsey’s RSPCA, said Sally was found when the family landed on Sunday

India is about 7,000km from the Channel Islands.

Steve said: “Sally is doing well – once she has completed quarantine, she will need a new home.”

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