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Iguana 'stroppy' after being brought down from tree

Iguana in Pakefield Image copyright Rani Coleman
Image caption Frank the Tank spent three months living up a tree in Pakefield near Lowestoft

An escapee iguana that spent three months living up a tree has been plucked from his lofty perch by a cherry-picker.

Frank the Tank, as the reptile has been named, had become the talk of Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Suffolk.

The 5ft-long (1.5m) iguana was finally retrieved by a company called Froggy Hire, but was in a sulk and "sat and glared" at those who tried to feed him.

He has now been rehomed at a nearby petting zoo.

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"He's not been the happiest of boys - he's had three months of freedom, and now he's back in a vivarium," said owner of Zoo-Tastic, Alison Gregory.

"It's the biggest one we've got and he's got freedom within the room."

Image copyright Alison Hills
Image caption A cherry picker helped to bring Frank the iguana safely down

'Glared at me'

Jason Cook, who owns cherry-picking firm Froggy Hire, used heavy duty gloves and a duvet to capture fugitive Frank after being persuaded into rescuing him by his 15-year-old daughter Kaitlin.

"I've done plenty of odds and sods in my time, but I've never rescued an iguana before," he said.

"I couldn't just leave him there. Even if I didn't want to rescue him, my daughter would have made me do it anyway."

Image copyright Colin Cooper

Local resident Angela Hills stored Frank in her shed while people phoned around to find a new home for him.

"I had no idea reptiles could sulk but he just wouldn't eat, I gave him a leaf to eat and he just sat and glared at me," she said.

"We will actually really miss him, people still look up at the tree, and it's a really nice community thing... but he wouldn't have survived outside when it gets colder," she said.

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