"The call came in saying the lizard was unresponsive and was curled in a ball," Eckworth said.
"But when I attended the address and ventured into the garden to locate the poorly reptile -- I found a half-eaten dog's chew toy of an elephant!" he said. "It was quite entertaining but I think the woman was a little embarrassed."
The RSPCA said a rescuer was previously called last September on a report of a lizard under a Coventry, England, resident's bed, but the officer arrived to discover the reported animal was actually just a dirty sock.