A tiny gecko took a trip from the Canary Islands to England after hiding away in a British woman's luggage as she was returning from vacation.
Photo courtesy RSPCA
Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A British woman returned from vacation with an unexpected guest, after a gecko crawled its way into her luggage.
Sophie Williams found the tiny gecko inside her suitcase after returning to Manchester Airport from the Canary Islands and quickly called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to report the nonnative animal.
"When I opened the suitcase at home, this little gecko just popped up. My husband managed to put him in a container and we called the RSPCA," she said.
Williams said her stepson initially spotted the gecko and believes it likely hitched a ride to England inside his sneakers.
"The evening before we came home, my stepson sent me a photo of a tiny gecko in our apartment and said, 'Look what's visited me.' I asked him where the gecko had gone but he said he didn't know. I think he had gone inside my stepson's trainers which were then put into our luggage," she said.
The family turned the gecko in to society's Stapeley Grange, where manager Lee Stewart said it will be sent to a specialist to receive the care it needs.
"We don't often get stowaway animals from abroad at the centre, but this is a timely reminder - given that many people are going on their summer holidays - to always check your clothes, towels and shoes properly when packing to return home from a trip abroad, as you never quite know what surprising souvenir you might bring home with you," Stewart said.