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Iguana wades ashore

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TAWAKE villagers in Cakaudrove were taken by surprise after an iguana was spotted on their seashore on Monday morning.

Speaking from the village yesterday, Taniela Veitayaki said one of the villagers initially saw the reptile lying on the beach.

"When the iguana saw the man, it hastily made its way back to the sea. The villager was curious to find out about the species and when he moved closer to the sea, the iguana emerged from the sea and made its way back to shore," he said.

"Other villagers came and we tried to spear it (iguana) in order to capture it. The iguana was captured and we alerted the police in Saqani.

"Officials from the Biosecurity Authority (BAF) of Fiji came to the village."

He said the reptile was killed and buried.

"It's the first time for us to see such a reptile in the village and most of us were really surprised while others were scared of it."

BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan confirmed the species was a male American iguana.

"Officials from BAF have visited Tawake Village and verified the identification of the iguana," he said.

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